This week I invited Dr. Brian Cameron to an internal Microsoft Architecture Summit for internal Microsoft IT Enterprise Architects and our Microsoft Services Enterprise Strategy and Architecture organizations. He was our featured keynote speaker about his efforts in the Enterprise Architecture community. I wanted him to discuss where he sees the industry going along with how he his programs can help not only Microsoft but its customers that are trying to solve these very large and complex EA challenges.
Brian is such a great speaker who really tugged at the heart strings of our architects. Discussing the common challenges in the EA industry along with his five year vision on what he hopes to achieve. This is all supported by academic research and strong commercial industry ties to ensure it is grounded in reality. Pragmatism in IT has been a common issue in academic institutions for a very long time, as humbly admitted by Dr. Cameron with many examples of MIS programs around the country.
You may of noticed I am a real fan of what Dr. Cameron is trying to accomplish. I summed up the opportunity well in one of my later posts about his programs, Penn State Professional Masters Program for Enterprise Architecture Approved by Trustees.
There are a few really good reasons as enterprise architects why we should all be excited about this:
- A learning path for aspiring architects - today there are limited to no options for EA's who want to get a professional education for a reputable education institution. Now individuals can start their career in the architecture field rit away with training while before it was a role that was achieved through other roles and lengthy experiences in IT.
- EA profession is real - with worldwide EA academic programs springing up continuously it is showing that there is not only steady demand for EA but we are at a tipping point of where this discipline is has enough demand and sustainability that an academic base is needed.
- New perspectives - The EA industry has been dominated by analysts, large vendors, consultancies and some standards bodies to date. With the ground swell of academic institutions participation in this field there is another important perspective that brings with it necessary rigor, repeatability and research principles.
After listening to him speak and diving into his program deeper I still feel this way. This is something I think the industry should continue to embrace. While the organizations below have supported FEAPO and the Center for EA in it’s establishment phase, it is critical that they continue to develop and make this a sustainable possibility for our industry.
This is particularly true for standards setting organizations like OMG and The Open Group. It is critical that we have this very necessary feedback loop to ensure high quality and scaled thought leadership.
Thank you to Dr. Brian Cameron for accepting my invite to our summit and allowing me to share his presentation publicly. I look forward to many more collaboration opportunities.
About Dr. Brian Cameron
Brian Cameron is Executive Director of the Center for Enterprise Architecture in the College of Information Sciences and Technology at the Pennsylvania State University. Dr. Cameron is also the Program Director for the new Master of Professional Studies in Enterprise Architecture. Within the College of Information Sciences and Technology, he works with a wide portfolio of companies on a variety of consulting engagements, ranging from systems integration projects to enterprise architecture planning and design. Through his academic work, Cameron has consulted with organizations such as Accenture, AT&T Wireless, Avaya, Boeing, EMC Corp, Lockheed Martin, NSA, Oracle, Raytheon, U.S. Marine Corps, and many others.
His primary research and consulting interests include enterprise architecture value measurement, hybrid enterprise architecture framework development, enterprise integration, information management and storage, and the use of simulations and gaming in education. The main focus areas for his teaching efforts are on graduate and senior-level capstone enterprise architecture, enterprise integration, and information technology consulting & information architecture courses. Dr. Cameron is currently developing new curricular materials for enterprise integration (through funding from NSF) including a textbook to be published by Wiley & Sons Publishing. He has also designed and taught executive education sessions for senior IT executives. Session topics include Strategic Alignment of IT & Business Strategies, Enterprise Architecture Value Measurement, Adaptive Enterprise Architecture, IT Governance, IT Portfolio Management, Service Oriented Architecture (SOA), and Business Process Management (BPM).
Dr. Cameron is TOGAF and Zachman certified and has developed an extensive background in the DoDAF, FEAF, and Gartner frameworks. He is an EACOE certified enterprise architect and serves on the boards and working committees of a number of international professional organizations and journals. He is a member of the Professional Education Standards Committee of the International Professional Practice Partnership (IP3), a member of the Board of Trustees for the Center for the Advancement of the Enterprise Architecture Profession and Business Architecture Guild, the founding president of the Federation of Enterprise Architecture Professional Organizations, a Co-chair of the Academic Alliance Committee for the Special Interest Group on Enterprise Architecture for the Industry Advisory Council of the US Federal Government, and a member of the editorial review boards for the Journal of Enterprise Architecture, the International Journal on Cyber Behavior, Psychology, and Learning, the Interdisciplinary Journal of Information, Knowledge, and Management, the Journal of Information Systems Education, and the International Journal on E-Learning.
Dr. Cameron was awarded the NPA Career Achievement Award in 2011 for efforts related to the founding of the Federation of Enterprise Architecture Professional Organizations, the building of the Center for Enterprise Architecture, and associated service to the enterprise architecture profession.
Dr. Cameron currently leads corporately funded research efforts in the following areas: enterprise architecture maturity analysis, enterprise architecture value measurement, risk analysis and management of enterprise systems integration projects, and service oriented architecture implementation best practices. Additional information can be found at: http://ea.ist.psu.edu/cameron.php.