Wednesday, 17 November 2010

How should EA be funded?

Alex Cullen of Forrester poses the question and provides the usual expert answer which can be paraphrased as "it depends".
The neat accounting view that there is an ongoing programme of delivery from which subventions can be drawn to pay for necessary evils of CIO, strategic planning in a manner similar to large plant replacement misses the point that you would not need active enterprise architecture people if everything was planned out.
Rather than comparing EA with IT management overheads like the CIO office, "research and development" within the wider enterprise may bear more fruit. In non-productive organisations like government agencies, policy development would be  equivalent to R&D. Then the thinking around EA funding would be closely aligned to the enterprise strategy rather than the current IT problem set. Of course, if you don't do R&D in some way then there is a pretty clear message that you are not interested in strategies so why do EA?
Practically though, if you believe that EA has a benefit for the organisation, you get the money from wherever is feeling the most pain from the lack of whatever EA will deliver.

Monday, 8 November 2010

Google apps are different if you speak American

In a departure from the data management good practice that I learned a while back, Google use the language setting for US English (rather than the proper one :) to determine how there apps work rather than simply the words , spelling, and punctuation used.
I discovered this as I set up a new apps account , accidentally left the default setting for language as US and discovered that I could use Google Voice to dial out to US and Canada for free from New Zealand. Not a big saving over Skype but a demonstration of how things are coming together in a common look and feel and set of services 'in the cloud'. Now your Google contact list is a one stop shop for outbound calling. Of course, there are ways of running a full Google Voice service outside the US but that requires a little more effort than putting up with a few odd spellings :)
The Google Apps dashboard also functions differently with US setting.

I am still a bit concerned that the gung-ho people from Google should misuse the language attribute rather than define a specific setting "Google-Voice-On". What next , identifying Europe by the use of the currency euro? Close enough?