In this blog we are going to be talking about the enterprise architecture role in SAFe. 

Now this role is a really important role that sits at the top of the Scaled Agile Framework big picture, that's at the portfolio tier.

And this role guides the enterprise on what architecture is going to be needed to support its vision.

In my opinion, it's one of the most impactful roles in terms of enabling an organization for agility. So the first section that we've seen now is where the vision is driving. 

What I want to talk to you about is where architecture is driving the innovation.

How the architectural function can actually help the executive in terms of creating and and harnessing their current vision.

Opening up new customer segments and even potentially opening up new markets.

This is an area where I feel we can improve on as an industry. So let's have a look at that. 

Architecture can really advise on which executive may not be familiar when new technology of functions come out.

So for example, if you're a gaming company we've got virtual reality, how can we use that to start to open up new customer segments?

And make sure that we are future-proof and how can we embrace that new technology?

What does it mean in terms of the roadmap for the architecture? So these are important questions and guidance that, that this function can actually give.

Another thing is beyond the new technology could just be new ways of doing things? In agile, as you've got a continuous delivery pipeline, you want to continuously be releasing things.

So it may not necessarily be so much new technology, but new approaches. Another example could be, big data or cloud computing rather than on premise.

These may not necessarily be brand new cutting edge things, but these are new approaches that may take the organization based upon the level of maturity from one level to the next. 

And they could also be helped with new areas of focus.

So for example, if data security is becoming a problem, as you've seen recently in the party, you've got lots of breaches of confidentiality there happening in the media.

You've got data security and GDPR, all of these things becoming very hot topics at the moment.

So what are the implications of that for the organization as well? So two key things there where the architectural role is actually being driven by the business and the other hand,

where you would hope that this role can actually impact the business in the way in which they operate and they vision as well.

So that's the enterprise architecture role that sits at the portfolio tier in the safe, big picture. I hope you found that useful do sign up to SAFe in the real world at

I look forward to speaking to you in the next blog. Thanks very much. Bye.

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