from his bio here He was gracious enough to spend an hour with me chopping it up about Windows 8. My thanks to Marc for his time. Onuora: Marc, thanks for making the time. Could you tell us a bit about your background? Marc: For the past 20+ years, I’ve been an IT professional. I’ve worked as both a consultant and employee in several Fortune 100 companies. Most recently, I served as the Vice President of Enterprise Architecture for one of the world’s largest entertainment companies. Additionally, I occasionally work as an adjunct professor at Pepperdine and mentor several entrepreneurs. Onuora: In your opinion, what’s the role of an enterprise architect? Marc: When you release yourself from the academic constraints, I believe enterprise architecture is highly variable. Depending upon the environment, at the broadest stroke, I posit it follows two very divergent paths:
- For organizations with highly mature central IT teams (people, process, and technology), enterprise architecture can serve as a strong governance body over technology strategy, frameworks, patters, standards, etc.
- For organizations where centralized IT is still emerging and forming (which is the majority in my opinion), enterprise architecture is a more powerful tool when deployed to partner with the business to address specific revenue-impacting opportunities.
- I am disappointed that with the resources Microsoft has at their disposal, they settled for a product that I believe is just catching up to the competition. I was hoping for greater innovation that would propel and advance the industry. I just don’t see that in Windows 8.
- At the time, with my organization was still completing our Windows 7 implementation, I didn’t and still don’t see a compelling business case to migrate to Windows 8.