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Gordon Barnett

Principal Analyst Serving Enterprise Architecture Professionals

Gordon serves enterprise architecture professionals, focusing on the best practices for business and enterprise architecture. He is a recognized expert in helping companies use enterprise architecture, strategy, governance, and organizational design to address their current and future business challenges in the age of the customer.

Previous Work Experience

Gordon comes to Forrester with more than 35 years of IT/BT experience, in financial services, telecommunications, information technology, and governmental organizations. Prior to Forrester, Gordon set up and chaired many organizations' enterprise architecture practices; spoke at industry events on enterprise architecture, strategy, and governance; and contributed to Forrester analyst research as a member of our EA Forrester Leadership Boards. While a CIO for a UK police force, Gordon cochaired the National EA Board and represented all of the NW Police forces on the board.

Education

Gordon has a Ph.D. in business administration (specializing in eCommerce) from Northcentral University, an MBA from Huron University, and a B.A. (first-class honors) from Kingston University in the UK. Gordon is also an ACCA accountant.

Gordon Barnett

Principal Analyst Serving Enterprise Architecture Professionals

Gordon serves enterprise architecture professionals, focusing on the best practices for business and enterprise architecture. He is a recognized expert in helping companies use enterprise architecture, strategy, governance, and organizational design to address their current and future business challenges in the age of the customer.

Previous Work Experience

Gordon comes to Forrester with more than 35 years of IT/BT experience, in financial services, telecommunications, information technology, and governmental organizations. Prior to Forrester, Gordon set up and chaired many organizations' enterprise architecture practices; spoke at industry events on enterprise architecture, strategy, and governance; and contributed to Forrester analyst research as a member of our EA Forrester Leadership Boards. While a CIO for a UK police force, Gordon cochaired the National EA Board and represented all of the NW Police forces on the board.

Education

Gordon has a Ph.D. in business administration (specializing in eCommerce) from Northcentral University, an MBA from Huron University, and a B.A. (first-class honors) from Kingston University in the UK. Gordon is also an ACCA accountant.

Gordon Barnett's Research

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  • For Enterprise Architecture Professionals

    REPORT: Assess Where You Are On Your EA Evolution

    Assessment Framework: The EA Practice Playbook

    October 3, 2017Alex Cullen, Gordon Barnett

    Good enterprise architecture (EA) programs combine talent and capability to solve thorny technical challenges; the most impactful EA programs apply their talent and capabilities to advance business outcomes. EA leaders aspire to this level of impact, but getting there isn't a matter of flipping a switch. EA programs must have strength in five competency areas. This report introduces these areas and provides a simple tool for EA leaders to assess where they are.

  • For Enterprise Architecture Professionals

    REPORT: Measure EA Engagement, Influence, And Business Impact

    Metrics: The EA Practice Playbook

    August 22, 2017Alex Cullen, Gordon Barnett

    Few EA leaders have given much thought to metrics for their EA program — and miss an excellent tool to increase their impact. Metrics connect EA activities to business goals, drive engagement, and build influence. Effective metrics connect to the key performance indicators (KPIs) that stakeholders care about. This report describes how to select the right metrics and package them in a report card for EA. It also provides sample metrics that may be useful starting points. Forrester reviews and revises this report periodically for continued relevance and accuracy. We have updated it to reflect our most current data on strategic portfolio management.

  • For Enterprise Architecture Professionals

    REPORT: Continuous Architecture Plugs The Gap Between Planning And Delivery

    Enterprise Architecture Pros Redefine Their Approach To Continuously Deliver Value

    July 20, 2017Gordon Barnett

    Customer obsession is driving firms to add agility into their planning-to-optimization value stream processes. Unlike their peers on portfolio management and Agile development and operations (DevOps) teams, enterprise architecture (EA) professionals have been slow to adapt their role to support business agility. Many EA pros have looked purely at EA's role in Agile project delivery. Others have explored EA's role in a continuous delivery environment. This report presents continuous architecture and EA's role in that environment.

  • For Enterprise Architecture Professionals

    REPORT: Four Steps To Build A Road Map For Your EA Program

    Road Map: The EA Practice Playbook

    June 23, 2017Alex Cullen, Gordon Barnett

    As firms become customer-obsessed, effective enterprise architecture (EA) programs become essential. Too often, however, business-focused EA professionals struggle to create a clear identity for the value they deliver. Successful EA practices use strategy to clarify their mission and value, define the capabilities and services necessary to deliver this value, and develop a road map to drive value delivery. This report describes how to define a road map to overcome common impediments to high-impact EA. Forrester reviews and revises this report periodically for continued relevance and accuracy. We are updating it now to reflect our latest research on the evolving role of enterprise architects in firms with maturing customer-driven planning processes.

  • For Enterprise Architecture Professionals

    REPORT: Develop An Enterprise Architecture Strategy Aligned With Business Challenges

    Strategic Plan: The EA Practice Playbook

    June 22, 2017Gordon Barnett, Alex Cullen

    Many enterprise architecture (EA) teams strive to be more business-focused and strategically engaged — but getting there isn't easy. It may require a resetting of stakeholder perceptions as well as a transformation of the EA practice. EA teams need to define clear services, develop appropriate skills, and become an integral part of planning processes that they may be outside of today. This report describes the need for well-defined, visible strategic plans and offers business-focused EA professionals a systematic process for building them. Forrester reviews and revises this report periodically for continued relevance and accuracy. We are updating it now to reflect our latest research on the evolving role of business architects in firms with maturing customer-driven planning processes.

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