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Architecture Matters

June 12, 2013

By David Bruce, Enterprise Systems Category Marketing Manager, IBM

Have you spent much time recently thinking about the increasing importance of technology and enterprise IT architecture? Wondered about the varying benefits of different ways to solve the same problem? We have been too. And we’re all not alone. In the 2012 IBM Global Chief Executive Officer Study 71 percent of CEOs identified technology as the most important external force impacting their organizations. This was the first time since the study began in 2005 that technology led the list.

Welcome to the first blog post for Architecture Matters. The intent of this blog is to discuss and help answer some of those questions about technology and architecture, and explore the benefits and the implications of different approaches. Should I choose private or public cloud for customer service? What’s the best way to integrate analytics for improved customer insights and a more personalized customer experience? What are the implications of bring your own device (BYOD) engagement models on data availability, security and privacy? We’ll explore these and other important questions through this blog.

You’ve likely read about enterprise systems and their architecture as guest posts in other blogs, perhaps you’ve even commented on a few of them. That broader interest and the increasing importance of enterprise IT architecture to the new generation of applications deploying today caused a group of us to decide that it was time to become a bit more structured and frequent in blogging about these topics.

With CEO and boardroom focus on technology, we want this blog to give some of our business consultants, enterprise IT architects, development lab personnel, and other assorted technical subject matter experts a way to share insight and experience with you as together we explore various ways of solving today’s business challenges with IT infrastructure. This blog will make sharing things faster as well. It shortens the communication pathway and gives you a direct connection to people that can help with challenges you face.

As I mentioned several of us will contribute to this blog. We’ll post some bios and ask everyone to offer a brief introduction as they begin to post. To get that process started, I’ll share of bit of my background with you. I’ve been with IBM for more than 30 years in a range of positions including hardware service, product development, offering management, sales, management and marketing, and I’m likely to write about any number of things, but mostly about the business aspects and benefits of IT. All of those positions related to the server industry with most of them focused squarely on business solutions. You can find me on LinkedIn and Twitter as well.

The other members of the blogging team also have varied backgrounds, often with a specialty area that is important to enterprise clients–system architecture, security, resiliency and availability, data and analytics, and virtualization and cloud amongst others–so you should expect a broad spectrum of topics that all relate to enterprise computing. Of course, there will be general communications as well–things we hope will interest everyone like education conferences, items of interest in other blogs, thoughts on strategy and the like.

We also want to hear from you. We’ll always have a list of things to talk about, but the enterprise computing and enterprise architecture questions you have are the most important so we would love to have you comment, ask questions, debate approaches and suggest anything else that brings the most value in your business.

Thanks for reading to the end of this first post! In my next post, I blog about the common nature of home remodeling and enterprise IT architecture. Feel free to connect with us on Twitter using the hashtags of #EntSys, #powersystems, and #zEnterprise  as well.

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