Digital Transformation – Impact on Architects by Eltjo Poort
Presentation Abstract: Setting out on a digital transformation journey requires architects to step outside their comfort zone. The transition to agile thinking and working has quite a bit of impact on the architect. And yet, there are many commonalities between the lifecycles of architectures in the traditional and the agile world. Identifying these commonalities helps architects grasp their situation, and gives them confidence during their digital transformation journey. We apply the metaphor of a human lifetime to identify and discuss key aspects of architecture lifecycles in agile and traditional contexts.
Eltjo R. Poort is Distinguished Solution Architect at CGI in The Netherlands. In his 30-year career in the software industry, he has fulfilled many engineering and project management roles. In the 1990s, he oversaw the implementation of the first SMS text messaging systems in the United States. In the last decade, he produced various publications on improving architecting practices, including his PhD thesis in 2012. Eltjo is best known for his work on Risk- and Cost-Driven Architecture, a set of principles and practices for agile solution architecting, for which he received the Linda Northrop Software Architecture Award in 2016 . His solution architecture blog can be found at eltjopoort.nl. In his spare time, Eltjo plays the violin in Symfonieorkest Nijmegen.
Eltjo is a member of IFIP Working Group 2.11 on Software Architecture.