- Is that IDEF0?: One sneaking suspicion I have is because they aren’t used to EA or technology being relevant to their decision-making. I think it is pretty clear to most people even at the highest and most “businessy” levels of most organizations that IT is a critical component of meeting strategic objectives and most executives routinely approve IT budgets that comprise a fairly large swath of organizational resources, which also validates the importance of IT. Why then is it an afterthought in the planning process? I think if technology was a bit more proactive in creating views of the organization that as relevant to the business planning process as it does for the technology planning process this wouldn’t be a problem.
- Did you just say gigawatt?: Another thought I have is that it may be difficult to bring into the discussion. Many executives have experienced death by IT PowerPoint where a technology executive finally gets his chance to stand with the big boys and polishes up a 75 slide powerpoint deck that ties the strategy all the way down to the servers. This is generally enough to prevent a second invite and executives go back to making decisions with the other adults and then handing it off to the technology organization for action. Speak the language of business and you will get much farther.
- My computer already works why do I need you here: Finally, there is the idea that technology is really just an enablement function for the business and therefore strategy should be settled and it is then technology’s job to implement the strategy. I think this is less prevalent than in years past but it is still out there despite the fact that technology has begun to play an important role in almost every aspect of even the most traditional of organizations.
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