IT Architecture Toolkit – Preface
First edition; 256 pages
(by: Jane Carbone)
There were two factors that motivated me to write this book. One was that, while those of us who were data geeks were always passionate about business information, our opinions were not always popular. Today, meaningful, accurate information is the lifeblood of most organizations. In fact, in many cases, information is not just critical to the business-it is the business. Therefore, the need to plan how data is collected, flows through the organization, and is transformed into information the business can access, is vital. That need is increasingly recognized, not only by CIOs, but also by CEOs and even by the non-IT world at large. I was pleasantly surprised to read the following in an unlikely source:
Halfway through the last century, information became a thing. It became a commodity, a force-a quantity to be measured and analyzed. It’s what our world runs on. Information is the gold and the fuel. (James Glieck, “Bit Player,” The New York Times Magazine, December 30, 2001)
The second factor that motivated me to write this book was that, just as a converted smoker becomes overly eager about the smoking habits of those around him, I have had my own religious experience. Having been honed (some would say charred) on the altar of architecture, I am eager to share both my suffering and my successes. Having learned many lessons the hard way, I am anxious to help you benefit from those lessons.
This book, therefore, is a very practical guide to enterprise architecture. Many fine minds have addressed architecture theory from the podium and the bookshelf. The purpose of this book is to help architects, IT planners, and analysts find ways to implement those theories, and to spare you as much pain as possible in the process.