PA’s Peter Nørregaard, business and IT architecture expert, discusses how almost anything can be purchased as a service today: from IT operations and infrastructure through to sales systems and financial systems. However, he argues, this ‘anything-as-a-service’ culture is chaotic, unregulated and could be detrimental to business.
“Data is handled by external operators, which makes it difficult for the architects to maintain an overview of security. Moreover, the architect has less influence on the architecture behind the services and thereby loses his insight into their strengths and weaknesses,” says Peter.
One of the main tasks of the architect is to design and control the integration between work processes and systems. Peter stresses, however, that the IT architect should move away from how he typically approach this task and instead act as the CIO’s advisor when deciding on integrations and interfaces.
Peter says: “This means a shift in the role of the architect. He should no longer be focusing on systems but rather on negotiations and agreements with third party operators.”
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