by Charlie Betz
Last fall, I was in Edinburgh for The Open Group’s official launch of the IT4IT standard. As I watched Mary Jarrett’s keynote on the IT4IT journey, I reflected on the fact that, in some ways, this was the culmination of a journey I started twelve years ago.
In 2004, I started a blog with an initial interest in “ERP for IT.” I wasn’t interested in ERP as such; rather, I questioned the lack of such systems for the domain of large-scale IT management. In other words, when it came to automation, why was IT the barefoot cobbler's child?
A lot of water has passed under the bridge since then. As I deepened my understanding of the problems, I rebranded the blog as Lean4IT. But my earlier concerns persisted: Why did IT remain undermanaged relative to peer functions, relying on emails, texts, spreadsheets, word of mouth, and gut feel as opposed to data-driven systems, especially when solving IT management problems has never been more pressing? Two words: digital transformation.
Digital technology is pervasive. It touches everything we experience, perceive, and consume. No industry is immune: digitally adapt or die.
And as the digital economy accelerates, so does the need for more effective, coherent, and integrated management of digital technology. The largest enterprise IT organizations have annual budgets approaching $10 billion, massive amounts of economic activity representing decades of accumulated IT systems and operations. And a spotlight is now shining on this legacy, represented by the urgent digital transformation expectations of stakeholders.
So, why IT4IT? Simply put, IT4IT is an operating model for the business of IT.
Why do we need it? There’s been much IT management guidance, but there remain a number of gaps and issues. We need an architectural standard that covers the IT waterfront, from enterprise architecture to product and project management to IT operations, as a multilayered, precisely expressed reference model. No other standard is positioned to do this.
What excites me the most about IT4IT is not the name, or the current scope, or even the current specification. What excites me, and what should interest you, is that it’s a platform, not just a standard. It is part of an ecosystem, along with its peer standards TOGAF and Archimate, and the Open Certified Architect and Open Certified IT Specialist (OpenCITS) certifications.
So, please consider attending my session. We’ll talk about:
IT4IT concepts and definitions
IT4IT training and certification
IT4IT and ITSM
IT4IT and Agile
Current IT4IT activities and progress
You’ll walk away with a valuable overview of this new standard for delivering digital value.
Charlie Betz is speaking at Session 509: An Overview of IT4IT at the FUSION 16 conference.