Architecture is one of the primary tools of an organization for managing complexity, accommodating change, providing consistency, and improving agility. But, like everything with the 3rd Platform, architecture must also change — not the fundamental principles and techniques but the areas of focus that architecture responds to. IT infrastructure is being outsourced and is less of an architectural concern for most organizations. The demand for information and analytics will continue to skyrocket and will quickly outrun the organization's ability to provide, manage, move, understand, or validate the data, unless a solid information architecture is in place. To meet these challenges, CIOs will direct their architecture efforts toward providing a new, simpler framework, including security, data and information, integration, and ITaaS, that enables business agility and innovation and supports improved decision making, while at the same time reducing existing IT complexity and simplifying business processes.
Flexibility and agility require quick provisioning of all 3rd Platform services
LOB technology acquisition depends on a proactive enterprisewide integration framework
The new innovation architecture requires a reduction in existing IT complexity and a simplification of business processes
Create a 3rd Platform reference architecture to enable strategic business transformation
Implement architectural frameworks to standardize security, integration, and ITaaS delivery
Focus on simplifying the current IT landscape to ensure a consistent "core" to deliver business impact
By 2016, 80% of CIOs Will Deliver a New Architectural Framework That Enables Innovation and Improved Business Decision Making