Like last year, I focus my predictions on how current trends will impact Enterprise Architecture in 2013. I see three things coming:
1. Make sense of big data.
Big data will continue to get a lot of press, and vendors will be keen to show off new tricks with data integration. The enterprise architecture teams need to beef up their information architecture capability and develop appropriate Enterprise Patterns to participate in this debate and to be able to respond intelligently to this pressure.
2. Mobilize for mobile.
The EA team need to expand application patterns to show how a multitude of disparate apps work in conjunction with a more traditional legacy application landscape.
3. The forecast is cloudy.
Cloud computing and XXX-as-a-service will continue to stake their claim in the enterprise architecture. Enterprise architects need to start shifting their thoughts up a layer. As well as having an infrastructure architecture response, they need to consider the business architecture impact and opportunities.
[Editor’s Note: This post is part of the annual “Cutter Predicts …” series.]