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Play to Win: Crowdsourcing Innovative Future-State Enterprise Architecture Models Through Game Play

Published: 23 November 2010

ID: G00206458

Analyst(s): Brian Burke


In the future, enterprise architects will leverage sophisticated modeling tools and game mechanics to crowdsource innovation. This requires a shift in the role of architects from being designers of the future state to becoming designers of innovation games.

Table Of Contents
  • Overview


  • Making EA Accessible
  • Making EA Less Tedious
  • Going the Next Step: Applying Game Mechanics and Crowdsourcing to EA
  • Understanding the Trends Driving Change
    • 1. Game mechanics are increasingly being employed to engage stakeholders in many fields.
    • 2. Real-world problems are increasingly being solved through crowdsourcing and collective intelligence.
    • 3. More digital natives are joining the workforce with expectations of a virtual and participatory role in innovation and change.
    • 4. Game mechanics have been introduced into innovation management processes.
    • 5. Visualization, simulation and optimization tools are becoming increasingly sophisticated.
    • 6. As enterprises become hyperconnected, control becomes an illusion. Innovation and change are largely decentralized, and strategy has become emergent.
  • Bottom Line

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