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What's your favorite architectural diagramming tool for IT infrastructure?
Designing graphics of advanced architectures is a key part of an enterprise architect's life.
mbroberg Thu, 4/8/2021 at 4:28pm
Architect at a desk drawing on paper

Photo by Eleventh Wave

Diagramming is an essential part of any enterprise architecture strategy. Choosing a tool to bring your vision to life is an important choice enterprise architects make every day.

Using a schema registry to ensure data consistency between microservices
Make interservice communication easier by using a schema registry.
reselbob Sat, 3/20/2021 at 4:02pm
Architectural pattern

Data management has been the bane of enterprise computing since the days when mainframe computers had to reconcile data from a myriad of sources to do the even simplest month-end reporting. It was painful then. It’s painful now.

5 steps an Enterprise Architect can take to address adoption costs
The engineering is done, but how do you quantify the cost of adoption? Here are five ways any Enterprise Architect can use to get to the next crucial step toward change.
reselbob Sun, 3/28/2021 at 2:32pm
Plan growing from coin money

Photo by Micheile Henderson 

These days, with the rise of software-as-a-service and the API ecosystem, many companies are taking the path of buying the services they need to meet their business requirements. Some companies subscribe to various features offered by a given service provider. Others aggregate elements from a variety of service providers to create a synergetic whole. The value proposition of paying only for what you use rather than buying a complete system en masse is hard to ignore.

What type of Data Architect should you hire?
Shifts in technology have grown the number of infrastructure and software architects an organization needs. Here are some of the most important new additions related to data and how to know you need them.
Conor Jensen Tue, 3/30/2021 at 3:24pm
Getting a job as an Enterprise Architect is not a neat checklist, but it is a great career opportunity.

Data Architecture is a pivotal element of Enterprise AI. According to Gartner [1], “Data Architecture is returning with [a] vengeance as recent cloud practices have begun to encounter the systems design, data management, and application portfolio issues reminiscent of the 1990s. ...Data will be even more distributed, increasing the demand for a central governing authority within the office of the chief data officer. However, the approach should allow for agility and adaptability in data management.

Examples of edge computing: how cloud architects are benefiting from cloud-to-edge architecture
Read these stories of cloud and enterprise architects as they build a playbook of great ways to take advantage of edge architecture.
Marjorie Freeman Sun, 3/28/2021 at 1:25pm
Woman walking up the side of a building

In 2019, the value of the global edge computing market was $3.5 billion. By 2027, it's projected to hit $43.4 billion, according to an edge computing stats and predictions review from The Enterprisers Project.

But the real question is whether organizations are actually adopting its technology, and if so, how?

Topics:   Edge Computing  
Understanding developer experience: An illustrated guide to the value of using diagrams
There is a wide gap between writing technical documentation and writing something that people actually read.
reselbob Thu, 3/11/2021 at 5:42pm
Blank pages turned by a hand

Photo by Anomaly

The easiest way to get people to read what you write is to make diagrams and technical illustrations prominent in your documentation. A graphic should represent every key concept in your document. Why? Because pictures get attention and convey a lot of information quickly.

Don't believe me? Try this experiment.

Understanding the power of pictures

Below are two videos.

Take a look at this first one only once with no repeating or pausing.

Lesson learned: hope is not a strategy for architecture implementation
A tale of grand ambition, unanticipated risk, and a lesson learned about the value of paying for the benefit of expertise instead of trying to figure things out on your own.
reselbob Sat, 3/13/2021 at 7:39pm
Crane and partially collapsed building.

Photo by Denis LORAIN

A while back, I was hired to create a proof of concept (PoC) application to illustrate how to transform a monolithic enterprise application into one based on the principles of Microservice Oriented Architecture (MOA). The underlying idea for the proof of concept was to apply the Strangler Pattern to slowly remove behavior within existing services in a monolith into new microservices that would emulate the original action. I had high hopes.

Try these 5 diagramming tools for network architecture mbroberg Tue, 3/23/2021 at 6:16pm
Architect tools for diagramming

Photo by Fleur

Anyone who has ever had to troubleshoot a network connection knows that every detail matters when mapping out a network architecture. The difference between the high bandwidth, low latency network of your dreams and a nightmare of bottlenecks waking up your SRE team can come down to the smallest detail. Every logical and physical detail matters, and it's best to see those details in relation to each other as a diagram.

Topics:   Tools  
These 7 IT Architect roles will change due to quantum computing: Here's how
Quantum computing will revolutionize the IT industry and the world around it. IT Architects have a chance to both shape their careers and this exciting technology. Here are some ways the roles might change.
Joachim Haller Fri, 3/19/2021 at 3:29pm
A newton's cradle

Photo by engin akyurt

Quantum computing is an exciting new aspect of IT that offers many exciting career opportunities. There are several affected areas of expertise with the IT Architect discipline, and I thought I'd mention just a few in order to set the quantum computing landscape.

To begin exploring the exciting world of quantum computing, take a look at my article "An introduction to quantum computing architecture" here on Enable Architect.

An Architect's guide to explaining cloud to your CEO
Influencing the C-suite is essential to funding your cloud architecture. Here's how to demystify your CEO's particular view of the power and potential of cloud.
Gavin Clarke Sat, 3/13/2021 at 6:50pm
Business person reading the paper

Photo by Adeolu Eletu

You have the CEO on your side. They buy into the idea of a modern, cloud-based enterprise architecture. They've told everyone in your organization to embrace the cloud. So why, then, is your adoption of cloud going slowly? That is the question asked by McKinsey here.

Topics:   Cloud