Architects in large enterprises are often regarded as ivory tower residents who bestow their utopian plans upon project teams in the form of colorful diagrams that bear little to no resemblance to reality. Folks carrying the title “enterprise architect” are typically perceived as being furthest from actual technical problems.
However, large-scale transformations require transparency across hundreds or thousands of applications running in data centers around the globe. The very enterprise architects are likely the only ones who stand a chance to bring such an environment toward modernization and cost reduction.
Gregor Hohpe takes a serious but lighthearted look at the role of enterprise architects in modern IT organizations.
Gregor Hohpe is technical director in Google Cloud’s office of the CTO, where he maximizes the benefit customers derive from a cloud-based IT model by combining organizational, software delivery, and IT infrastructure transformation. Riding the “architect elevator” from the engine room to the penthouse, he connects corporate strategy with technical implementation by making complex topics engaging and approachable without compromising technical accuracy. Previously, Gregor was chief architect at Allianz SE, one of world’s largest insurance companies. Having established accelerated innovation and complexity and cost reduction as architecture goals he oversaw a global data center consolidation and deployed the first on-premises cloud and software delivery platform. Gregor is known as coauthor of the seminal book Enterprise Integration Patterns, widely cited as the reference vocabulary for asynchronous messaging solutions. His book 37 Things One Architect Knows about IT Transformation tells stories from the trenches of IT transformation, while his articles have been featured in Best Software Writing by Joel Spolsky and 97 Things Every Software Architect Should Know. He is an active member of the IEEE Software advisory board.
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