This IDC Perspective offers advice for technology leaders that are ready now to take on the challenge of creating a strategic architecture that supports digital transformation and its requirements of sustainable transformation, integration, scalability, and flexibility. With the onslaught of the 3rd Platform and digital transformation, everything has changed in business and IT. These profound factors have not only introduced new technologies but new business models, new ecosystems, new expectations, and new risks, all of which must be accounted for and integrated with existing systems. Considering the five S's of strategic architecture — scope, stakeholders, scale, security, and speed.
"With the changes brought about with digital transformation, architecture is needed now more than ever. But, to remain relevant in this new world, architecture must transform itself," says Mike Rosen, research VP for IDC's IT Executive Program.