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2021-2023 Emerging Technology Roadmap

EA and technology innovation leaders need to facilitate trendspotting and innovation efforts to rapidly identify and respond to market opportunities and disruptions. 

The 2021 Emerging Technology Roadmap harnesses the collective wisdom of your peers to understand deployment plans, adoption timelines, value, and risks across core infrastructure domains, including computing and storage, cloud, workplace network, security and automation.

EA&I leaders should use this infographic to benchmark adoption plans for over 100 technologies against those of their peers.

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    In an era of frequent disruptions and ever-evolving customer expectations, IT leaders must move away from traditional enterprise architecture and toward an internal management consulting approach that combines carefully designed services and delivers them with a consulting methodology.

    Saul Brand

    Sr Director Analyst, Gartner
    Upcoming Webinar

    Evolve Enterprise Architecture Into an Internal Management Consultancy

    Join this complimentary webinar, where Gartner expert Saul Brand shares how evolving the EA practice into an internal management consultancy supports digital strategy and allows enterprise architecture and technology innovation leaders to deliver tangible business value through EA.

    Gartner is helping us on different levels; from the strategy, high levels, down to the key projects and initiatives themselves.

    Khalid Al-Mutawah

    Director of Enterprise Architecture, Information & E-Government Authority, Government

    How we address your top technical architecture related challenges

    As the focus of the EA practice shifts from the IT organization to the business, the types of deliverables will need to change. The EA team will now require models and analyses, practices and competencies that can support business stakeholders. EA leaders must acquire an understanding of their business stakeholders and develop models that add value for them.

    Leadership Vision for 2022: Enterprise Architecture Leaders

    The architecture practices that were useful in the past are now becoming obsolete. Enterprise architecture leaders have an unprecedented opportunity to define a new vision for EA and for their teams. To help you prioritize your time and energy we've created this Gartner Leadership Vision eBook to provide top-level guidance on where to focus — based on our data-driven research. 

    Strategic Architecture Roadmap to Composable Future of Applications

    Get ready for the world after the pandemic and prepare for the next wave of change with the roadmap to composability. Rewatch one of the Gartner top sessions from our 2021 conferences for application leaders.

    Avoid these 13 worst EA practices to ensure digital business success

    76% of organizations are either starting, restarting or renewing their EA efforts. This is not because there’s something wrong with EA; rather, it's because “traditional” EA has limited business value. Gartner has identified 13 worst EA practices that EA leaders avoid to achieve success in their program.

    Lead Composable Business By Articulating a Future Vision

    Executives, enterprise architects and technology innovation leaders struggle to articulate their organization’s future vision. It becomes harder to begin business decomposition and recomposition without understanding a longer-range view of the organization’s mission, objectives and desired outcomes. This complimentary webinar will help you set out a future vision that drives business composability, laying out important next steps you can take to accomplish it in your organization.

    Design smart operating models that respond to disruption with high agility

    Enterprise architecture, as a discipline, must help organizations prepare for a composable business that requires dynamic adaptability while remaining resilient amid ongoing uncertainty. The Gartner Research Primer includes redesigning business and operating models, enabling distributed decision making and building innovative digital foundations.

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    Enterprise architecture and technology questions Gartner can help answer

    The key role of an enterprise architect is to create a scalable framework of IT assets and business processes aligned to a corporate governance that supports the organization to deliver on its goals and strategic objectives. 

    They must also develop the internal management consulting skills to influence and educate business leaders and executives on the importance of certain IT decisions or risks. 

    Two key responsibilities of an EA are to:

    • Provide enterprise architecture services to stakeholders: EA helps business and IT leaders make smart investment decisions by providing context and support to help teams collaborate, building better flexibility, agility, and autonomy in decision making, and enabling faster speed to value and time to market. 
    • Select tools to support the EA discipline: EA tools are constantly evolving, and the right selection and use of EA tools are critical to supporting business transformation and optimization efforts.

    Enterprise Architecture helps organizations formulate business strategy through outlining the framework needed for IT delivery. It also informs business and operating models, and leads the enterprise responses to disruptive forces such as changes to markets, customers, supply chains and technology. 

    The way that the architects themselves contribute to the organization’s success in this is through streamlined management of all moving parts of the framework and strategy, plus identifying gaps and improvements across the organization’s execution of that strategy.

    The key differentiator between Enterprise Architects and other technical architects across an organization is the EA’s ability — and requirement — to operate as an internal consultant across all pillars of the business.

    Rather than focusing on one singular disciple, the EA has to cover the breadth of IT frameworks as it applies to each individual business unit, assess its viability and then design a roadmap to success for that unit, via scalable IT solutions.

    Gartner is a trusted advisor and an objective resource for more than 14,000 enterprises in 100+ countries.

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