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The Evolving Role of Architecture in Digital Transformation

Posted September 24, 2019 in Business Agility & Software Engineering Excellence, Business & Enterprise Architecture, Business Technology & Digital Transformation Strategies Cutter Business Technology Journal
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The authors examine how a limited view of digital transformation impedes organizations from fully benefiting from the new, Agile ways of working. They attribute this failure, fundamentally, to reliance on traditional architectural stacks where multiple teams and products rely on large, shared layers, and a change in a layer to meet the needs of one product may inadvertently break other products. To support a feature team–based organization, each team must have full end-to-end ownership of its stack, which consists of smaller, decoupled parts — microservices — that are loosely bound together. The authors advocate domain-driven design and the atomic design principle as the basis for enabling reuse.

About The Author
Michael Papadopoulos
Michael Papadopoulos is a Senior Consultant with Cutter Consortium's Business & Enterprise Architecture practice and Chief Architect of Arthur D. Little’s UK Digital practice. He is passionate about designing the right solutions using smart-stitching approaches, even when elegance and architectural purity are overshadowed by practicality. Mr. Papadopoulos leads the scaling of multidisciplinary organizations by focusing on continuous… Read More
Olivier Pilot
Olivier Pilot is a Senior Consultant with Cutter Consortium’s Business & Enterprise Architecture practice and a Senior Architect with Arthur D. Little’s UK Digital practice. He has broad experience across a range of projects involving enterprise architecture. His focus areas include digital strategy, Agile digital solution delivery, design and architecture, C-level advisory, and information systems roadmaps. Mr. Pilot’s recent sample… Read More
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