I went to the Troux 360 conference in London, and was really pleased to mingle with so many architects with engagements that are genuinely being driven by the business, rather than being IT led.

I particularly liked this line from a presentation by Nigel Davies and Jo Fannon – “The Journey of Enterprise Architecture at National Grid”. This was a great presentation that had plenty of insights and advice. Nigel described the changing role of the enterprise architecture team – from Traffic Warden, with an emphasis on policing changes to ensure that they conformed to things like standards and policies, to Travel Agent, with the emphasis on a vision of where you want to go and help to plan and make the journey.

As Nigel said, noone likes a Traffic Warden, but as a Travel Agent the Enterprise Architect is more popular!