Decision Imperative #3 (Strategic Architecture)

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IDC's CIO Agenda Top 10 Decision Imperatives 0-12 Organizational Impact Time (Months) to Mainstream Note: The size of the bubble indicates complexity/cost to address. 12-24 12+ Singledepartment Multipledepartments Companywide StrategicArchitecture CompetitiveStrategies PrematureObsolescence EnterpriseData 5 3 1 2 4 CIOPriorities

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.

Q: Has your organization established formal cloud architecture standards to be usedwhen adopting new cloud services? 30.8% 30.2% 39.0% No, but organization is currentlyworking to formulate official standards Yes N = 172Source: CIO Sentiment 2015 Summary No
18% Core IT Business Innovation Business Transformation 3rd Platform IT 2nd Platform IT 28% 2% 37% 15% 2 3 Transformation of Enterprise Architecture An Architecture that Facilitates Decision Making • Flexibility and agility require quick provisioning of all 3rd Platform services• LOB technology acquisition depends on a proactive enterprise-wide integration framework• Security and data must be expressed in business-oriented architecture perspectives Source: IDC's Enterprise IT Transformation Maturity Model Benchmark Study, May 2014 n=243 55% of Organizations are operating at a Core IT or 2nd Platform IT

IT Impact

  1. Flexibility and agility require quick provisioning of all 3rd Platform services
  2. LOB technology acquisition depends on a proactive enterprisewide integration framework
  3. The new innovation architecture requires a reduction in existing IT complexity and a simplification of business processes


  1. Create a 3rd Platform reference architecture to enable strategic business transformation
  2. Implement architectural frameworks to standardize security, integration, and ITaaS delivery
  3. Focus on simplifying the current IT landscape to ensure a consistent "core" to deliver business impact

IDC Prediction

By 2016, 80% of CIOs Will Deliver a New Architectural Framework That Enables Innovation and Improved Business Decision Making