Five Things I Learned At The Gartner Enterprise Architecture Summit

Our ongoing World Of Servers series swept through London last week for the Gartner Enterprise Architecture Summit. Here are five key lessons to take away from that event.

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1. How to make gamification effective

Gamification can be a useful training and innovation tool — but it won’t work if you start out by looking at your own business goals. The reason games are engaging is because the user is committed to the goals, so you need to reflect that in your planning

2. Data formats are the key to BYOD

Arguments over bring-your-own-device often centre over which specific devices will be allowed, but from a management perspective ensuring your data formats work on any device is a much better bet. For more ideas, check out 10 fast tips to make BYOD better.

3. The big data staff shortage continues

The lack of big data expertise is a familiar theme, but there doesn’t seem to be an end in sight. Worth highlighting to your management if there’s a demand for analytical gurs.

4. Ditching security can make you more secure

You absolutely can’t afford to have no security infrastructure, but it can be instructive to look at whether your existing approach really delivers what you need. As Gartner’s Tom Scholtz noted: “It’s not cost effective to eliminate all the risk. At the moment, we’re impeding the behaviour of the 98 per cent who want to do the right thing because of the 2-3 per cent who want to do bad things, and maybe that’s the wrong way.”

5. Architecture doesn’t trump business

Designing network infrastructures shouldn’t drive your business; ideally it should happen the other way round. But how can you make that happen? Start by making sure management actually knows what it wants.

Our final stop on the World Of Servers Tour is less than a fortnight away, with myself, Chris Jager, David Klemke and our winning readers heading to New Orleans for TechEd North America 2013. I can’t wait!

Lifehacker’s World Of Servers sees me travelling to conferences around Australia and around the globe in search of fresh insights into how server and infrastructure deployment is changing in the cloud era. Last week, I was in London for the Gartner Enterprise Architecture Summit, looking at how to plan and deploy your overall enterprise architecture for maximum business value and efficiency.

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