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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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Why I Should Be a CIO

The vast majority of architects worth their salt traditionally fail as managers. Having come from technical backgrounds, many architects prefer to lead by example. The preference for technical excellence and demonstrated ability gets in the way of processes and decision making by those who are uninformed. Many enterprises do not leverage expertise to their competitive advantage and fail to recognize the potential of those who push the envelope or think outside the box.

Many of today's respected executives were architects in their own domains. They found creative solutions to difficult problems, possessed a savage desire to succeed, and—most importantly—never stopped learning. Leaders such as Jack Welsh (former CEO of General ...

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