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Learning to Lead Collective Creativity from Miles Davis

Daniel Hjorth, Robert Austin, Shannon Hessel
When you watch live video recordings of jazz legend Miles Davis, he walks among the assembled musicians on stage during performances, guiding the focus or center of gravity of the music that they collectively create; he performs leadership. As one’s belonging gets more distributed in networks, relations become key to achieving collective creativity. Leaders are challenged to develop within their teams the capability to act and respond as one entity greater than the sum of their parts — to sound with one voice.

Never Waste a Good Crisis! It’s Time for Innovation

Jutta Eckstein, John Buck
The challenge of being open to innovation is in breaking out of familiar patterns. A lot of what we do is guided by patterns. These patterns help us in a stable context but get in the way in a dynamic or complex context and hinder innovation. The first step in dealing with suboptimal patterns is to be aware that they are hard to see.

Using Wave Alignment to Achieve Successful Agile EA

Avinash Malik
This Advisor looks at “wave alignment,” a process used to accomplish the goals of Agile enterprise architecture (EA). Wave alignment is an addition to the Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe), although the principles can be applied to any Agile development organization of size.

EA Is at the Heart of Digital Transformation

Stefan Henningsson, Gustav Toppenberg
We believe that at the heart of the ability to manage an ongoing and multilayered organizational transformation rests a sophisticated enterprise architecture capability with a specific charter to act as a transformation engine connecting strategic intent and execution excellence.

Reducing Concerns with Confidential Computing

Curt Hall
Confidential computing is a promising technology that seeks to solve one of the remaining impediments to greater cloud computing adoption and data security in general: how to protect data during processing. It also offers exciting possibilities for organizations to develop new collaborative applications.

Apply Residuality Theory to Improve Systems: A Q&A with Barry M. O’Reilly

Barry OReilly
In a recent webinar, Cutter Consortium Senior Consultant Barry M. O’Reilly introduced a new way to model systems in complex environments — residuality theory. In this Advisor, we share some questions asked at the end of the webinar about using residue as an alternative building block that enables software systems designers to consider the entire environment and its complex interdependencies without slowing down the design process, delivering benefits to both architecture and risk management practices.

5 Ways to Forecast Your Cloud Spend

Frank Contrepois
Do you need a forecast of your cloud spend? In this Advisor, I investigate five cloud spend forecast methods, with their pros and cons, to help you make a choice.

Analyzing EA Through the Strategic Planning Process

Svyatoslav Kotusev
An enterprise architecture (EA) practice can be best viewed and analyzed in terms of three distinct EA-related processes: (1) strategic planning, (2) initiative delivery, and (3) tech­nology optimization. This Advisor takes a closer look at the first process: strategic planning. 

How Parler May Have Hedged Its Architectural Bets

Balaji Prasad
Risk is not just about what we do; it is also inherent in what we don’t do. Standing still while the world moves can be as dangerous as moving out of step with real events. Architecture, too, like everything else, has risk, and it is probabilistic in nature.

Life and Data in a Time of Pandemic, Part IV

Barry Devlin
During the past year, the application of technology to well-bounded problems proved its strengths in the impressively rapid R&D that delivered multiple vaccines in a previously unheard of time frame. The challenging transition from R&D and production to distribution has, however, once again proven that project and change management issues are often more challenging than product development.

Aviation: The Future Is Reinvention

Mathieu Blondel, Francesco Marsella, Jan Heile, Akitake Fujita, Richard Eagar
It is clear to all that COVID-19 has dealt a devastating blow to the economy. The aviation industry, in particular, faces a new reality. While aviation, pre-crisis, was thriving from the waves of globalization and travel commoditization, it was already facing threats such as environmental pressures, unbalanced profit sharing along the value chain, and multiple constraints on operational and business agility. Thus, the recovery phase will be extremely challenging, and we believe future growth will involve nothing less than reinvention of the industry, something that is true of many industries post-pandemic.

Making the Network Organization Work

Jon Ward
I recently received an email from a colleague seeking advice by way of suggestions for his focus for 2021. In this Advisor, I share a glimpse into our correspondence as well as my thoughts on aligning value stream priorities.

Data & Digital Architecture — An Introduction

Gustav Toppenberg
In this issue of Cutter Business Technology Journal (CBTJ), we explore how enabling successful digital transformations through data and digital architectures can facilitate the enablement of the value streams and customer journeys companies build to stay in touch with changing client expectations and user experiences, all while building out the organization’s digital backbone.

Focus on Key Uncertainties to Let Good Architecture Emerge

Olivier Pilot, Michael Papadopoulos, Michael Eiden
It is a given that architects need to find ways to address the “absolutes” around a solution — the things that we know to be true for sure — in an effective, efficient, and elegant manner. Yet solving problems that truly matter generally involves a high degree of uncertainty. Unfortunately, the more ambitious the objectives, the more unfamiliar the context, and the bigger the unknowns, the greater the likelihood that those uncertainties — when unaddressed — will impede the emergence of a good architecture.

Create Market Insight with Textual Analytics

Joseph Byrum
No human could possibly read everything, but a machine can. The best you can do with old-fashioned methods is to hire experts to sample a subset of the relevant data and produce written market insight reports. While these studies can be extremely useful, the resulting analysis is constrained by the amount of data sampled. Many companies already use forms of automation to sort through the data with machines, but, in the end, humans still have to read the data and decide what it means.

Top Intriguing Business Agility & Software Engineering Excellence Articles for 2020

Karen Coburn

As has been our tradition for the last several years, we’ve compiled the five most intriguing articles published by the Business Agility & Software Engineering Excellence practice for today’s Advisor. How did we come up with this list? We chose the articles that garnered the most feedback from Cutter Members. Your questions and comments not only make it possible to create lists like this, they help focus Cutter’s Senior Consultants’ research on the areas that are most important to organizations like yours. So please keep your feedback coming.


Top Intriguing Business Technology & Digital Transformation Strategies Articles for 2020

Karen Coburn

As has been our tradition for the last several years, we’ve compiled the five most intriguing articles published by Business Technology & Digital Transformation Strategies this year for today’s Advisor. How did we come up with this list? We chose the articles that garnered the most feedback from Cutter Members. Your questions and comments not only make it possible to create lists like this, they help focus Cutter’s Senior Consultants’ research on the areas that are most important to organizations like yours. So please keep your feedback coming.


Top Intriguing Cutter Business Technology Journal Articles for 2020

Karen Coburn
This Advisor takes a look at the most intriguing articles of 2020 from the Cutter Business Technology Journal.

Top Intriguing Business & Enterprise Architecture Articles for 2020

Karen Coburn

As has been our tradition for the last several years, we’ve compiled the five most intriguing articles published by the Business & Enterprise Architecture practice for today’s Advisor. How did we come up with this list? We chose the articles that garnered the most feedback from Cutter Members. Your questions and comments not only make it possible to create lists like this, they help focus Cutter’s Senior Consultants’ research on the areas that are most important to organizations like yours. So please keep your feedback coming.


Top Intriguing Data Analytics & Digital Technologies Articles for 2020

Karen Coburn

As has been our tradition for the last several years, we’ve compiled the five most intriguing articles published by the Data Analytics & Digital Technologies practice this year for today’s Advisor. How did we come up with this list? We chose the articles that garnered the most feedback from Cutter Members and clients and those that created controversy among Cutter Senior Consultants and Fellows.


IT Development as a Production Line? A Q&A

Jon Ward
In a recent webinar, Cutter Consortium Senior Consultant Jon Ward explained how shifting to IT development production lines, managed in the same way as car manufacturers manage their vehicle production processes, can improve delivery in an organization. In this Advisor, we share some of the answers to questions participants asked about how the concept of an IT development production line enables organizational learning and greater delivery efficiency.

What’s the Holdup? Digitization in the Financial Services Industry

Bhavik Pathak
The information-dominant financial services (FS) industry has witnessed fractional, fragmented, and transactional digitization compared to entertainment, transportation, travel, lodging, and retail. The FS industry is heavily regulated, consolidated, and has already-built digital capabilities; while the fintech pure plays have shown efficiency, many are built on the same business models as the traditional FS businesses. Thus, a genuinely disruptive model challenging the prominent incumbents of the FS industry has not yet emerged.

Measuring Culture Change for Successful DevSecOps Implementation

Kristin Curran, David Lipton, Steven Woodward
How does one measure culture? How can measures and metrics be used to influence positive culture change? Cultural measurement needs to focus on evaluating outcomes and processes that reflect behavior change. Two major types of measures that provide valuable perspectives are business outcome and enabling metrics, and we can apply both measurement types to culture change.

How Would an Industry Reference Model Help Me?

Serge Thorn
My previous Advisors referred to the use of business capability modeling and heat maps to better focus on business areas that require attention for an IT rationalization. In this Advisor, I expand on the use of reference models, what they are, and why to consider them.

Big Data, ML, and Geo Mapping for Real-Time Traffic Monitoring and Analysis

Curt Hall
Increasingly, government agencies, businesses, universities, and other organizations are working together to build AI systems that analyze geo-mapped and other location-based data. One such impressive new ML application uses Uber driver data to track and alleviate urban traffic congestion. It is designed to give urban transportation analysts and traffic engineers access to information about city traffic patterns in order to relieve bottlenecks, chokepoints and other problems.