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January 23, 2014


Jahammonds Prost

Bam! This post resonates very well Chuck. I may not have Architect in my job title, but it's one of the hats that I wear. Maybe Enterprise Visionary might be a good title too - trying to drive organization IT forward, sometimes despite management.

Kurt Milne

Great post Chuck. On your basic thesis - PWC just published global CEO survey. Something like the "3rd platform" idea was ranked #1 driver of change - above #2 demographics shifts and #3 globalization.

When the power of digitization beats the disruptive power of retiring baby boomers and global immigrant flows - you know it is a powerful force.

Maybe Spider Man was speaking to enterprise architects when he sai - "with great power comes great responsibility".

Jason Blyth

Spot on Chuck,
Echoing the poster above I think you described the current set of challenges well. Trying to bring about change seems like a mix of salesman, counsellor and cat herder. How do you align stakeholders within organisations when often the chiefs have conflicting and competing key performance drivers?


I agree with the others -- great post! What an exciting, yet challenging time we're going through with all of these technological changes!


Thanks Chuck appreciate this.I like the point about patience, I refer to the level of patience needed as relentless patience, kind of an oxymoron

like this also "I frequently hear the same thing: coming up with a workable architecture isn’t particularly difficult. Implementing it — and getting the organization to adopt it — is where the really heavy lifting takes place"

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Chuck Hollis

  • Chuck Hollis
    SVP, Oracle Converged Infrastructure Systems

    Chuck now works for Oracle, and is now deeply embroiled in IT infrastructure.

    Previously, he was with VMware for 2 years, and EMC for 18 years before that, most of them great.

    He enjoys speaking to customer and industry audiences about a variety of technology topics, and -- of course -- enjoys blogging.

    Chuck lives in Vero Beach, FL with his wife and four dogs when he's not traveling. In his spare time, Chuck is working on his second career as an aging rock musician.

    Warning: do not ever buy him a drink when there is a piano nearby.

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