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About Paul Preiss

Paul Preiss is the CEO and Founder of the Iasa, one of the largest Enterprise and IT architect associations in the world. Through his time at Iasa, Paul has taken the association from a single user group in Austin Tx to an international organization with chapters in over 25 countries. Paul’s vision is a unified architecture profession with effective education, credentials and ethics which fully supports corporate strategy and delivery. He is a tireless advocate for the field and speaks on topics ranging form architecture ethics to best the best setup and structure for architecture teams. Paul has spoken at hundreds of events as well as held conferences and training for architects all over the world. He is an expert software and enterprise architect in practice and continues to work with companies on optimizing their technology strategy. Prior to developing Iasa, Paul was the chief architect for Dell Pan Asia where he helped to integrate the technology strategy across 14 countries. He also served as the chief architect for the Sears point of sale replacement in North America consisting of 2000 stores and thousands of suppliers as well as the chief architect for a digital asset management firm, Ancept.

Change and Digital Leadership

The world is at a cross-roads when it comes to technology leadership. And it is time for architects to fill out there place in the new digital age. For most of our history technology has settled into two primary groups; a) fun 'consumer' technology like phones and music players and TVs and Netflix and online

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ITARC Stockholm April 26

Join us for our 10th annual Stockholm ITARC- Politics for Architects. The conference will be carried out over two days with presentations, work-shops and training from some of the greatest minds in technology strategy and innovation. Other great elements to look forward to are peer to peer interaction and networking with unique insights on different

10 Steps to Getting Ahead of Business

Digital Strategy happens close to the customer. And before we go to far, when I say customer I am not talking about your IT customer. I am talking about the Customer, capital C. The one that spends their time and money with your business. Business units that are close to these people have the best

Driving a New Generation of Digital Leader at Iasa

One of the most important functions of a profession is to ensure that companies can hire the people they need to lead their organizations. In addition, a profession must help fulfill the requirements of future generations and prepare them for the jobs that will be available. This function is essential to the long term health

Becoming Digital Transformers

There is a lot of fear and uncertainty in our profession right now, and rightly so. The architecture practice, especially the enterprise architecture, of the past 10-15 years is dead. I am reasonably certain that architecture never actually lived, just wandered around companies like zombies looking for brains. "Architecting the enterprise" and governance thinking from EA

Tools for Exploring the Future

“The future is already here it’s just not evenly distributed” – William Gibson The Future isn’t certain, we struggle to understand the impact of the future and fail to see the signals that are right in front of our eyes. As the rate of change intensifies now more than ever we need to learn future

Future Role of Architects

The Future of the Architect: reports of our extinction have been greatly exaggerated. A completely subjective look at the direction the role of the architect might take in years to come, as we endeavour to keep up with the ever accelerating pace of change. Riccardo began his career as an academic researcher, specialising in bioinformatics

VISUALISE, DOCUMENT AND EXPLORE YOUR SOFTWARE ARCHITECTURE

We value working software over comprehensive documentation” is what the manifesto for agile software development says, with the typical misinterpretation of these few words being “don’t write documentation”. Of course, that’s not what the manifesto says and “no documentation” certainly wasn’t the intent. It seems that many software teams have lost the ability to communicate

Dress Better! No, I mean it.

I grew up in Dallas, Tx in the 70s and 80s and I will tell you something we all knew back then, but seem to have forgotten now. You dress one level better than your audience, IF you want to have an impact. My momma told me, "Paul, it is hard enough to succeed with brain

Why Frameworks Are Killing Architecture

Let me start by contradicting my headline. I love frameworks. DODAF, FEAF, MODAF, TOGAF, Zachman etc. are all excellent tools for architecture teams to use when they are ready and when the team members are skilled enough to use them. Each brings different strengths and weaknesses, and can help an experienced team do very interesting