Thursday, January 22, 2015

Harry Potter Meets Die Hard Meets Troux (or When implementing an architecture tool, take it slow)

More than a few years ago, my son and I were watching one of the Harry Potter movies when Professor Snape came on the screen. My son said, "Oh I've seen that actor before, what's he been in?" I replied, "That's Hans Gruber from Die Hard, played by Alan Rickman."

My son looked at me with the awe that a father dreams of, and said, "How did you pull that out?" I'm sure this was his nice way of complimenting me on having spectacular cognitive functions at an "advanced age." Not wanting my endorphins to dissipate too quickly, I asked, "So, what's it like to live around me all the time?"

Without missing a beat, he replied, "Surprisingly unimpressive."

My company recently implemented an Enterprise Architecture Management Suite - a process that has been in the works for over two years. We chose Troux (pronounced True) as it will enable us to build complex relationships and answer tough questions like:

  • What percent of our applications portfolios are supporting our strategic objectives?
  • Next year, how many of our applications will still be using obsolete technologies?
  • For any given capability, do we have a roadmap beyond this year?

This will truly be impressive, and while it is a small sampling, it demonstrates how we will understand our technology portfolios in ways we never could before.

But ... that didn't happen on day #1.

On day #1, we provided the ability to lookup our current set of standards in Infrastructure and Middleware. One could say that given the tremendous capability in Troux, our initial implementation was surprisingly unimpressive.

This small set of data, however, is foundational to all of the capabilities which will follow. Next; our application teams will begin using Troux to document their readiness to transition into a new data center with stronger standards, predictable environments, and a rigid exception process.

Out of the gate we will start with what is simple and effective. Impressive comes later.

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