Dean Heltemes

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Lessons from the Field: The Adaptable Business Architect

The other day my daughter said, "Dad, I really don't understand what your job is." Many days I am not so sure either. I thought about saying, "I help to align strategic objectives and tactical demands," but knew that wouldn't lead us anywhere. Usually I answer this question by saying I go to...

The Digital Business Architect: Lessons from the Field

The other day I was contemplating what business capabilities were enabled by connecting a toaster to the Internet of Things. (Yes, this really exists. And no, I didn't come up with an answer.) Clearly technology is having an impact on every aspect of our lives and many business architects now...

The Politically Savvy Business Architect: Lessons from the Field

When people ask me what I do for a living I often joke that I manage chaos and keep people aligned.  In other words, I deal with the politics that plague every organization.  It feels like I spend the majority of my time clarifying what was actually said, convincing people that they agree...

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