Digital transformation, innovation, and customer obsession top businesses’ strategic agendas. Enterprise architecture (EA) teams must enable these goals with the right technology road map and with internal operating models that can help enterprises attain their goals. EA programs have left behind their old role of centralized and largely disengaged planning and have moved pragmatically into making the vision real with a network of embedded hands-on architects.
How do I know EA teams are working this way? Our 2018 Enterprise Architecture Award winners played leading roles in their firms’ digital transformation efforts and had impressive results. Leadership, collaboration, business smarts, tech smarts, and an Agile operating model are the hallmarks of today’s high-impact EA teams.
Nominate Yourself For The 2019 Enterprise Architecture Awards
Each year, Forrester and InfoWorld highlight the EA programs that have made a significant impact on their organizations — embracing the opportunities for helping their business be customer-led, insights-driven, fast, and connected. We are now accepting nominations for the 2019 Enterprise Architecture Awards.
If you have a story to tell, we encourage you to submit it to the Forrester/InfoWorld 2019 Enterprise Architecture Awards. Describe how you are helping your firm succeed at its strategy, such as the following (or any other way you helped your organization be more successful):
- You helped your organization become an insights-driven business.
- You guided the development and execution of a digital transformation strategy.
- You helped your firm embrace Agile methods and scaled those methods to the enterprise.
- Your team has cracked the nut of measuring EA’s contribution and value.
Want some inspiration? Read about previous Enterprise Architecture Awards winners:
- 2018 Enterprise Architecture Award winners
- 2017 Enterprise Architecture Award winners
- 2016 Enterprise Architecture Award winners
- 2015 Enterprise Architecture Award winners
- 2014 Enterprise Architecture Award winners
- 2013 Enterprise Architecture Award winners
- 2012 Enterprise Architecture Award winners
- 2011 Enterprise Architecture Award winners
- 2010 Enterprise Architecture Award winners
As with the previous Enterprise Architecture Awards, what we look for and how we judge haven’t changed:
- We’re looking for submissions about an EA program — about what your EA program did, not about a project that you were peripherally involved with.
- You should be able to point to concrete impact and benefits.
- The judges for this year’s winners are all from previous years’ winners, so your submission needs to convince your peers that it shows impact and offers a model for other EA programs.
Submit your nomination by mailing your entry as a Word document of 3,000 words or less to Gene Leganza at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please use the phrase “Forrester/InfoWorld EA Awards” in the subject line. We will send an acknowledgement within two business days.
Be sure to include:
- Contact info
- A very brief description of your firm or organization
- A brief description of the problem you were trying to solve
- A description of what you did to address the problem
- A description of your results
- A brief overview of your EA program:
- How long it has been in existence
- Structure: federated, centralized, distributed
- Approximate number of architects by role in central and distributed positions associated with the program
Submissions close on June 28. We’ll notify semifinalists by August 1. At that time, we’ll ask for additional information. We’ll announce winners on Sept. 18.