Breaking Down Enterprise Silos in the Cloud - Jason Bloomberg, Intellyx, Cloud Expo June 2014

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Breaking Down Enterprise Silos in the Cloud

Are you recreating existing technology silos in the Cloud? If so, your entire enterprise investment in the Cloud is at risk.

From the perspective of IT, organizational silos seem to be the root of all problems. Every line of business, every department, every functional area has its own requirements, its own technology preferences, and its own way of doing things. They have historically invested in specialized components for narrow purposes, which IT must then conventionally integrate via application middleware --- increasing the cost, complexity, and brittleness of the overall architecture.

Now those same stakeholders want to move to the Cloud. Save money with SaaS apps! Reduce data center costs with IaaS! Build a single Private Cloud we can all share! But breaking down the technical silos is easier said than done. There are endless problems: Static interfaces. Legacy technology. Inconsistent policies, rules, and processes. Crusty old middleware that predates the Cloud. And everybody still has their own data model and their own version of the truth.

The Cloud alone can't solve these complex challenges. We need a better approach to implementing technology that brings silos together, while allowing the personalization and customization that meets stakeholder needs. It’s time to rethink how we handle both data and code to align with the storage and processing model of the Cloud: distributed, horizontally scalable, and event-driven. We need an intelligent, active approach to building and running applications that is both dynamic and inherently Cloud-friendly.

Attendees of this session will learn:

* How organizational silos, application silos, and infrastructure silos limit business agility
* Why moving existing applications to the Cloud won't break down silos, and in fact, will often make them worse
* A novel, holistic approach for resolving the technical challenges with breaking down silos as enterprises move to the Cloud

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  • 1. Copyright © 2014, Intellyx, LLC 1 Breaking Down Enterprise Silos in the Cloud Jason Bloomberg President @theebizwizard
  • 2. About Jason Bloomberg • President of Intellyx, Global Advisory Firm focused on Architecting Agility – Formerly with ZapThink 2001 - 2013 • Global thought leader in the areas of Agile Architecture, Cloud Computing, EA, & SOA • Created the Licensed ZapThink Architect (LZA) SOA course & associated credential • Run the Bloomberg Agile Architecture Certification Course around the world • Buy my newest book, The Agile Architecture Revolution • Include @theebizwizard in tweets Copyright © 2014, Intellyx, LLC2
  • 3. Problems of Organizational Silos • Every line of business, department, functional area has its own requirements, its own way of doing things • Must invest in specialized components for narrow purposes • IT must integrate everything, increasing cost, complexity, & brittleness Copyright © 2014, Intellyx, LLC3 PhotoCredit:DocSearls,
  • 4. Silos on Top of Silos • Organizational silos – Lines of business, departments, geographic locations, etc. • Application silos – COTS apps / bespoke apps for different departments • Infrastructure silos – Varied data centers & rooms, heterogeneous platforms, & Cloud! Copyright © 2014, Intellyx, LLC4 PhotoCredit:CalDellinger
  • 5. It’s Time to Take Down the Silos! PhotoCredit:SavannahRiverSite, Copyright © 2014, Intellyx, LLC5
  • 6. Cloud is No Panacea • Move to the Cloud! Save money! • But…problems with technical silos persist: – Apps that aren’t architected for Cloud – Static interfaces – Legacy technology – Inconsistent policies, rules, & processes – Crusty old middleware that predates Cloud – Diverse versions of truth – Semantic interoperability issues Copyright © 2014, Intellyx, LLC6 PhotoCredit:PhilipLeara
  • 7. The Cloud Agility Challenge • Application silos in the Cloud are still silos • “Cloud” more than IaaS + PaaS + SaaS – Extend to mobile, Internet of Things, etc. • Enterprise context – Dealing with legacy – Hybrid scenarios – Complex governance & compliance challenges Copyright © 2014, Intellyx, LLC7 PhotoCredit:MarioGiambattista
  • 8. Business Agility • Responsiveness – Tactical value • Resilience – Risk mitigation • Innovativeness – Strategic value Copyright © 2014, Intellyx, LLC8 PhotoCredit:MasoniteBurn Ability to respond to change in the business environment and leverage change for competitive advantage Ability to respond to change in the business environment and leverage change for competitive advantage
  • 9. Enterprise as Complex Adaptive System • Business agility is property of organization as a whole, hence an emergent property of the organization • Enterprise is system of systems that exhibits emergent properties • System of people and technology – Traffic jams – The wave Copyright © 2014, Intellyx, LLC9 PhotoCredit:agu2000_de
  • 10. The Secret to Emergence • Rules that affect behavior of component systems can be very simple • Emergent behaviors often unpredictable • Try something, see what happens, repeat • Feedback loops & iterative approaches Copyright © 2014, Intellyx, LLC10 PhotoCredit:JuanLeis Sound Agile to You?Sound Agile to You?
  • 11. Governance as Agility Enabler • Simple rules & policies lead to complex emergent behavior – Which ones lead to agility? • Agility vs. Chaos • Levels of governance – Low-level rules & policies – Departmental – Organizational • Governance has negative connotation – Reputation for limiting productivity – Governance, Risk, & Compliance tools integrated in traditional manner Copyright © 2014, Intellyx, LLC11 PhotoCredit:MikeLewinski
  • 12. Limitations to Business Agility • IT as the “bad guy” • EA buried in the IT department • Ivory tower architecture • Silo mentality – Not invented here – Can’t wait for IT – BYOD to BYO-everything • No Agile Architecture Copyright © 2014, Intellyx, LLC12 PhotoCredit:HarrisWalker
  • 13. What is Bloomberg Agile Architecture? • Bloomberg Agile Architecture reinvents Enterprise Architecture (EA) to drive business agility across the organization • NOT: software architecture compatible with Agile development methodologies – Won’t support the organization’s agility requirements • New architecture paradigm • Style of EA focused on architecting agility Copyright © 2014, Intellyx, LLC13
  • 14. Bloomberg Agile Architecture Mind Map Copyright © 2014, Intellyx, LLC14
  • 15. Cross-Cutting Architecture • Organization, process, applications, data, infrastructure • Role for Enterprise Architecture • Wakeup call for EAs & their organizations • Essential for addressing silos Copyright © 2014, Intellyx, LLC15 PhotoCredit:penguincakes
  • 16. Extending the Agile Manifesto • Individuals and interactions over processes and tools – As a system of people & technology, the enterprise is more about people • Working software over comprehensive documentation – Technology must actually work to enable agility • Customer collaboration over contract negotiation – Slice across the silos • Responding to change over following a plan – Architect for change Copyright © 2014, Intellyx, LLC16 PhotoCredit:MaryMargret
  • 17. The Transformative Role of Automation • Cloud automates operational environment • DevOps as automation- driven organizational change • Big Data automation • SOA Governance automation Copyright © 2014, Intellyx, LLC17 PhotoCredit:wiredforlego DevOps as Model for Cross-Cutting Architecture DevOps as Model for Cross-Cutting Architecture
  • 18. From DevOps to “BizOps” • Before: dev chucking code to test, then over wall to ops • Now: continuous test, continuous deployment • In progress: responsiveness to continuous requirements change & variation Copyright © 2014, Intellyx, LLC18 PhotoCredit:fdecomite
  • 19. Avoiding the Overbuilding Problem • The challenge of minimum viable design • Code to metadata to unified system abstraction • If you have an overbuilding problem, you’re doing Agile Architecture wrong! Copyright © 2014, Intellyx, LLC19 PhotoCredit:dalvejah
  • 20. What are You Writing? • Code? – Least flexible, most susceptible to overbuilding, reuse always a challenge • Metadata via declarative programming? – Abstracts code, but leads to complexity shell game • Abstract models? – Essential for implementable Agile Architecture, but vendors largely fall short Copyright © 2014, Intellyx, LLC20 PhotoCredit:davidd
  • 21. Assembling the Pieces of Agile Architecture • Architecting for change requires working at higher levels of abstraction • Abstract models resolvable to capabilities at run time – Dynamic coupling – Dynamic schemas – Extreme late binding Copyright © 2014, Intellyx, LLC21 Architect for ChangeArchitect for Change PhotoCredit:PaulioG4eordio
  • 22. Dynamic Coupling • Tight coupling – Must code all nodes at once • Loose coupling – Interfaces abstract underlying code • Dynamic coupling – Interfaces resolved at run time Copyright © 2014, Intellyx, LLC22 PhotoCredit:GordonRobertson
  • 23. Dynamic Schemas • Rigid data schemas – Entity-Relational Model, XML Schemas • Schemaless data – Problem of implied schemas • Dynamic schemas – Metadata modeled at design time, resolved at run time Copyright © 2014, Intellyx, LLC23 PhotoCredit:JuhanSonin
  • 24. Extreme Late Binding • Early binding – Traditional integration • Late binding – Web Service discovery – Content-based routing on ESBs – DNS resolution for RESTful endpoints • Extreme late binding – Fully dynamic discovery – Resolve URIs & metadata references in real time Copyright © 2014, Intellyx, LLC24 PhotoCredit:RalphRepo
  • 25. Dynamic Constraint Satisfaction • Governance as layers of policies & rules • Need to calculate effective policy • Cross-process, cross-organization, in & out of Cloud • In real time Copyright © 2014, Intellyx, LLC25 Process “A” Team “C”Division “B” Cross-Process Governance
  • 26. No Excuses! • Business Agility platforms are now available • Business wants agility • IT can provide agility • Architects should know how to architect agility – Take my class! Copyright © 2014, Intellyx, LLC26 PhotoCredit:JosephBremson
  • 27. Jason Bloomberg President, Intellyx @theebizwizard Thank You!