Architects and princes

On Friday, we launched our White Paper on Enterprise/IT Architecture. The translator is working hard on the English version, which should be available soon. I have put together an article with the main findings and conclusions from the White Paper and a bit of context about our XML-work.

On related issues, David Fletcher blogged about EA yesterday, with some good pointers. Barbara Haven read one of these, the Industry Advisory Council‘s Succeeding with Component Based Architecture in e-Government and found the Machiavelli quote from The Prince that I mentioned earlier, and which I appearently misquoted a bit then. I think it goes like this (via above):

…there is nothing more difficult to take in hand, more perilous to conduct, or more uncertain in its success, than to take the lead in the introduction of a new order of things. Because the innovator has for enemies all those who have done well under the old conditions, and lukewarm defenders in those who may do well under the new.

We should have used this quote in the White Paper, because it says a lot about architecture.

Dave also pointed to META Group’s Dale Kutnick and Tim Westbrock who talks about Managing Change Through Holistic Enterprise Architecture. Holistic EA? What they mean is that EA is not just about technology. Did I mention that our White Paper is very inspired by Meta Group’s thinking?

We are now continuing the architecure programme, and I will have a busy summer and autumn. I wonder if anyone is also interested in e-government architecture, and would like to spend some time together, talking and writing? I have a lot of old air-miles to burn, and can go basically anywhere. I need to spend some holiday time too, so it should be somewhere nice, so I can spend some time off there too. It wouldn’t hurt if you had a summer house or something 😉 Drop me a mail!

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