The real costs of owning the IT landscape

IT rely hit this time
IT realy hit this time

Manage the costs, before they manage you

But it might contain some pieces of information that might come handy to more than few CxO ‘s right now. Especially if the said CxO ‘sare given the responsibility to “own” the IT landscape in some medium or large organization. Approx 50  seats onward, complexity depending.

In this context, and perhaps because of this post, I might be called a bit of a pessimist., which is calling himself a realist.

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When is an IT Architecture obsolete ?

Ok, perhaps not in a such a drastic way. Here, I am describing an use-case that approves of simple and effective solution that usually renders the resident architectural ceremony obsolete.

Some organizations do suffer from architectural ceremony. Usually arising in a situation when the methodology and process are not tailored for the organization.  Not tailored by kind of business and not tailored by size (complexity) of the business. In which case “priests of the architectural ceremony” are required to translate the not so obvious value of the solutions, to /from the rest of the organization.

Here we have an real life example of a “best” solution, that might be slowed down considerably or even discarded by high priests of the architectural ceremony.

Today, I came over this solution, to solve a requirement for an document/image storage and retrieval. With pretty hefty size requirements at that. By “came over” I mean, after 10+years in the business, I “just” draw it, thought about it (for a day) and then the team (of one) went on to implement it under my supervision. Perhaps one might call this an “architectural stunt” but I beg to differ.

Without false modesty I will admit that it struck me how simple and cost effective this architecture and its implementation is. And still relevant, one year after. And yes, may years after, with a hardware refresh. And this fact is equally if not even more important. This is what customers do value very highly.

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