Business-Driven Software Design

August 12, 2021
Hosted by William Ulrich

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Most organizations with notable investments in computing technologies are saddled with highly coupled, monolithic software systems that date back decades and undercut their ability to deliver customer value, compete effectively, and ultimately thrive. The good news is that a couple of decades ago the software industry evolved a better design paradigm based on well-formed, unique, and reusable software services. "Service-oriented" software systems, regardless of where those services run, enable organizations to be more agile, customer-responsive, resilient, efficient, and competitive. So why hasn’t every organization taken advantage of these modern software design concepts and retired their old heritage systems? The answer lies in how organizations design and build software. William Ulrich and his guest, Charles Bowman, will explore these questions, get to the heart of the underlying challenges, and explore ideas for getting organizations to more effectively leverage the latest technologies and software design paradigms. If you are curious as to why your systems development efforts cost too much, underdeliver, and fail to meet strategic goals and objectives, join our discussion on business-driven software design. Hear how your organization can not only improve time to market, but demonstrate a marked improvement in its ability to deliver on its overall goals and objectives.

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The North Star takes a deep dive into the topic of strategy execution, often challenging conventional wisdom for achieving an organization’s strategic vision. The host and thought leaders from multiple fields explore concepts that include rethinking innovation, increasing enterprise agility, transitioning to the circular economy, managing enterprise risk and becoming a cognitive enterprise. Setting sights on one’s “north star” is only half the story. Decades of experience point to the headwinds organizations have faced in pursuit of their strategic vision. To that end, the North Star examines how organizations can more effectively deliver on critical business strategies in these uncertain times. The show tackles intractable challenges that many organizations have historically sidestepped, such as optimizing major program investments and untangling high risk technology deployments. While the show often points toward the road less traveled, that road that can make all the difference.

William Ulrich

William Ulrich is President of Tactical Strategy Group, Inc., Cofounder of Business Architecture Associates, President and Cofounder of the Business Architecture Guild and Cutter Consortium Fellow. As a management consultant for more than 40 years, Mr. Ulrich continues to serve as advisor, mentor and workshop leader to corporations and governments worldwide. He is a thought leader in strategy execution, business transformation, business architecture and transformation oversight. Mr. Ulrich has the unique ability to engage executives and practitioners across business and IT boundaries to facilitate and streamline ecosystem-wide transformation. His transformation workshops and lectures have been widely attended by organizations worldwide. Mr. Ulrich blends his IT transformation expertise with his extensive business architecture and business transformation experience to deliver end-to-end solutions that are fully aligned to business strategy. He has authored or coauthored multiple books and transformation methodologies and was an originating contributor to “A Guide to the Business Architecture Body of Knowledge.” Prior to founding Tactical Strategy Group in 1990, Mr. Ulrich served as management consultant, spending the bulk of the 1980s with KPMG where he helped mature its software reengineering practice. His latest writings focus on the cognitive enterprise, transitioning to the circular economy and business-driven IT architecture transformation.

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