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November 19, 2014
If the Solution is Enterprise Architecture, What is the Problem?
Speaker:  Nick Malik, Enterprise Strategy Architect, Microsoft
Dinner Event at the Seattle Yacht Club

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All forms of architecture exist to answer questions.  How do I build a beautiful house?  How do I construct a system that meets the needs of my business? Just as you would see a new tool and you would ask, “what does it do?”, an unfamiliar form of architecture should be met with a different query: what questions does it answer?  In this talk, Nick Malik, noted Enterprise Architect from Microsoft, will share many of the questions that Enterprise Architecture can answer.  Malik will present case studies where Enterprise Architecture has had a substantial effect on different companies.  You will leave with a better understanding of whether you can use Enterprise Architecture and what you could use it for.

About the speaker:

Nick Malik is the Executive Vice President of Marketing and Development for the Federation of Enterprise Architecture Professional Organizations.  He is a founding member of the Board of Governors of the Enterprise Architecture Body of Knowledge Consortium.  He is a Senior Strategy Consultant for Microsoft Consulting Services in the Pacific Northwest.  

Over the last 32 years, Nick has worked with financial services, health care, oil and gas, telecommunications, manufacturing, software, entertainment, hospitality, and government. As a consultant and executive advisor, Nick brings a wide understanding of business strategy, leadership, and technical prowess to each engagement.

In 2009, Nick published the leading open source metamodel for Enterprise Business Architecture (, and is closely engaged with over twenty international organizations to mature the profession and practices of Enterprise Architecture.

His most recent book, Stories that Move Mountains, is available from Wiley Press ( Follow Nick on his blog (, or on twitter (@nickmalik).

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