Posts by: David Torre

RFPs have been around for decades, but are they still relevant in today’s fast-paced enterprise environments? Music from filmmusic.io. “Afterparty Review” by Sascha Ende. https://centermast.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/rfps.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | Google Podcasts | Spotify | RSS

Intro Of the many challenges I observe CIOs endure– perhaps the most painful is proving the efficacy of IT itself. IT leaders must constantly educate their peers around what IT actually does in the 21st century, and how these IT capabilities are crucial to the health and success of the business. Most often, these challenges […]

An underutilized resource, benchmarking is often lost in the shuffle of opinions from internal leaders and external consultants. Yet benchmarking is a powerful tool which leverages inexpensive observation over costly trial and error. 

The Pain of Corporate Purchasing Making a significant purchase within the enterprise can be challenging. Justification of new software, infrastructure, or consulting may necessitate many iterations of grueling explanations. Yet it doesn’t need to be this difficult. 

More Extremes and Pendulum Swings In the past four years or so, I’ve been fortunate enough to work on numerous projects involving modern infrastructure. I’m referring to 100% cloud-based storage/network/compute environments used to drive customer-facing products. Some of these infrastructures were transformational (moving from legacy data centers to the cloud) and others were greenfields born […]

Can You Spot the Problem? Within the enterprise, the demand for resources typically commences with some semblance of structure: a project review board, an OKR, or some other respectable methodology. But gradually, scope creep rears its ugly head; typically by way of a preemptive priority. Something “urgent” comes about which thrusts us into loose-knit teams […]

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Getting Ahead of the SaaS Sprawl Curve The promise of platforms– one solution to do everything within a business unit– really fell short in many ways. However, that doesn’t mean platforms shouldn’t be employed nor does it mean we should allow SaaS point solutions to sprawl out of control. Rather, the goal should be to […]

If it feels like your company is moving too slow, it probably is. When everyone becomes concerned with everything, then nothing seems to move forward. So, when departmental synchronicity hits a point of diminishing returns, the new way forward may be through decoupled operations.  Background Digital transformation, bringing a new product to market, or modernizing […]

Gaining competitive advantage requires an investment in competitive intelligence tools and resources. Yet for many companies, enterprise architects can provide some of these capabilities right away. 

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Background There’s a lot of buzz about robotic process automation (RPA) these days, and many companies I consult for are either experimenting with RPA or performing small-scale implementations of it. Now that I’ve been exposed to several modern RPA initiatives, I’m seeing some repeatable patterns, and thought I’d write a quick blog article about them.