Over at Doug Newdick’s blog a discussion is running on the overuse of the word ‘alignment’ by enterprise architects. Chasing alignment, he says, simply ensures that what people are doing in the name of enterprise architecture does not undermine the higher level business objectives. While not violating business objectives is clearly non-negotiable, it should not be the main game for architects. If it is, the architecture will likely undershoot its potential by a significant distance.
It is time we started talking about IT and business in terms of symbiosis, not alignment.