Forrester recently published a report:
Infrastructure Architects Link Technology Strategy With Long-Term EA and Business Goals
It’s a decent article.
For far too long many enterprise teams have viewed infrastructure architects as too low level not impacting or as close to the business. That couldn’t be further from the truth.
I’ve always promoted that many times, infrastructure architects can make a more substantial business impact on an organization than traditional “enterprise” architects by a large margin (reducing cost and complexity in the organization, reducing time to market, implementing significant technology and process reuse and standards). of course I’m very biased…
In the past, most Enterprise architect teams have only members with application and developer oriented skills supplementing with the traditional enterprise frameworks. I find many leading Infrastructure architects today are traditionally older than their counterparts, many have a advanced degrees (even some with advanced business degrees) and demonstrates a deep enterprise impact perspective on the IT ecosystem.
This article is signaling the start of a change in the enterprise architecture world.
I hope dialogue like this motivates more enterprise teams to adopt infrastructure leadership into their ranks in the future and see the value they have always brought.
For far too long many enterprise teams have viewed infrastructure architects as too low level, not impacting