Bullshit Phrase of the Year

, May 26, 2006

Via Michael Platt, I came across this Gartner gem:

Enterprise architects must act as catalysts that speed the formation of unified business technology strategies and their execution. The enterprise architecture process must shift gears from limiting complexity by limiting choices to accelerating innovation and execution by coordinating complexity through unified business and IT strategy, decentralized execution and loose coupling among all related stakeholder disciplines.

On May 27, 2006 10:38 AM, Damir Tomicic said:

Michael Platt is not Pat Helland, but I think he would be more than delighted with your comment … ;-)

On May 27, 2006 1:47 PM, Stefan Tilkov said:

Thanks — I have no idea why, but I mix the two names up all the time.

On May 28, 2006 4:27 PM, rich campoamor said:

An just the lead in to that paragraph was priceless: “Operate All Revenue Generating Channels in a Web 2.0 Architecture” — just try to turn that into an plan that you can execute against and measure; especially now that ‘web 2.0’ is a trademarked term that no one seems to be able to define consistently.

On May 28, 2006 8:01 PM, Stefan Tilkov said:

To be fair, the trademark covers conferences only … still, I’m confident I’ll be able to use phrases from this particular article for a long time.

On May 28, 2006 11:25 PM, Mark Baker said:

“limiting complexity by limiting choices” - if only the enterprise was doing that in the first place!!

On May 31, 2006 10:03 PM, Sandy Kemsley said:

What did you expect from an organization that’s now pushing SOA 2.0? Poke a stick at Gartner’s crap by signing the “SOA 2.0? No thanks” petition over at MWD: http://www.mwdadvisors.com/resources/stop-the-madness.php