Sunday, February 24, 2013

No Power for Enterprise Architects

Some time ago I have written about The Enterprise Architecture Matrix, where I used a small sequence from the movie Matrix to explain my line of thinking for Enterprise Architecture. This time I use the scene from Lord Of The Ring where Frodo is looking into Galadriels mirror to see the future.But see yourself:

Frodo is the Solution Architect, who is trying to solve a problem at hand and Galadriel is the Enterprise Architect(EA) who provides the Solution Architect (SA) with tools (the mirror) and advice.
The Enterprise sleeps, and when the Enterprise Architect explains, only the Solution Architect listens.

EA : "Will you look into the mirror?"
SA : "What will I see?"
EA : "Not even the wisest can say, for the mirror shows many things. Things that are, things that were, and some things that have not yet come to pass."

SA looks into the mirror, and sees Legolas, Merry and Pippin, then Sam. The Shire as it was, then the Shire ravaged, overrun with orcs, and Sam in chains.

Then the Eye appears, and the Task grows heavier, trying to pull itself down into the mirror. SA snatches it away, falls backward onto the ground.

EA : "I know what it is you have seen, for it is also in my mind. It is what will come to pass if you should fail. The Fellowship is breaking. Already it has begun. He will try to take the ring. You know of whom I speak. One by one, it will destroy them all."

SA : 'If you ask it of me, I will give you the One Task.'

EA : "You offer it to me freely. I do not deny that my heart has greatly desired this."
A dark light comes over her as she touches the power of the Task.
EA : "Instead of a Dark Lord, you would have a queen, not dark but beautiful and terrible as the dawn! Tempestuous as the sea, and stronger than the foundations of the earth! All shall love me and despair!"

EA backs away from the Task, ut for a moment, she looks old, and it seems to bring her no joy to have done the right thing.
EA : "I passed the test. I will diminish, and go into the west, and remain Galadriel."

SA : "I cannot do this alone."

EA : "You are a Ringbearer, Frodo. To bear a architecture task is to be alone. This task was appointed to you, and if you do not find a way, no one will."

Frodo : "Then, I know what I must do. It's just I am afraid to do it."
Galadriel : "Even the smallest person can change the course of the future."

I try to allow all ideas to influence my thinking about Enterprise Architecture. Sometimes it works perfect, sometimes not at all, but I truly hope that I try. I personally believe that an Enterprise Architect should stay away from the power and if he decides to take the power stay away from Enterprise Architecture. There is a high risk that an Enterprise Architect with power abuses that to build just another empire no-one needs. Instead of building this empire focus on repair GLUE Diseases and fix the flows in the GLUE Circulatory System.


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