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Practical Guide to Enterprise Architecture, A by Elias K. Jo, Vikas Sharan, James Linn, Michael E. Stevens, Scott W. Ambler, James McGovern

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Outsourcing and Core Competencies

It is a sad state of affairs in the world of enterprise architecture when executives want to outsource critical information technology functions. The root cause of this train wreck is the continued failure of enterprise architects to empower businesses to accelerate. This has caused a chain reaction that leads to outsourcing (nuclear implosion) until it results in a total meltdown (destruction of the business). Let's come to the heart of the problem. The proper reaction of an architect to outsourcing should be as follows.

Outsourcing results in taking the core competencies of an organization and moving them elsewhere. This is, of course, inappropriate once you understand the true goal of enterprise architecture. ...

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