There are three steps in preparing for any trip. No, having a destination in mind isn't among them. But knowing how to get there (i.e., vehicle or mode of transportation) is the first. Setting an initial course is the second. The final step is motivating the start and doing it. Today, we begin with steps 1 and 2.
As we plan to build an Enterprise Architecture for an organization, we can take out the end result. After all, the journey will take us there. We know the general direction from industry trends. Heading toward services and clouds should get us close enough to adjust later. And we cannot fly, drive, or swim. But we can journey with people experienced in the routes. On a safari, I certainly hire a guide, less I become the dinner of some exotic animal.
This may be an uncomfortable journey, so bring some good walking shoes and your best colleagues. Next blog, I'll discuss the motivation to leave the comforts of home and hit the road. Until then, relax on my deck with a glass of red and enjoy the sunset. We'll be heading toward sunrise soon enough.