Emerging technologies and their impact on enterprise architecture

Hey all, I’m curious to know what new technologies you think will have the biggest impact on enterprise architecture in the near future. Any thoughts or wild predictions?

For instance I’m sure we could put ChatGPT to work for us.

I asked it to list out business capabilities that a law firm might have and it gave me this:

  1. Legal services: Providing legal advice and representation to clients.
  2. Business development: Identifying and pursuing new business opportunities, such as new clients or practice areas.
  3. Client relationship management: Building and maintaining relationships with current and potential clients.
  4. Knowledge management: Organizing and sharing knowledge and expertise among the firm’s attorneys.
  5. Case management: Organizing and managing the firm’s cases and case-related information, such as documents and client communications.
  6. Financial management: Managing the firm’s finances, including billing and collections, budgeting, and financial reporting.
  7. Human resources management: Managing the firm’s human resources, including hiring, training, and development.
  8. Facilities management: Managing the firm’s physical facilities, such as office space and equipment.
  9. Technology management: Managing the firm’s technology infrastructure, including hardware, software, and data systems.
  10. Compliance management: Ensuring that the firm complies with relevant laws and regulations.

Any more?

Other potential business capabilities for a law firm might include:

  1. Marketing and communications: Developing and implementing marketing and communication strategies to promote the firm and its services.
  2. Project management: Managing the firm’s projects and project-related resources, such as budgets, timelines, and staff.
  3. Risk management: Identifying and mitigating potential risks to the firm, such as legal liabilities or financial losses.
  4. Process improvement: Identifying and implementing process improvements to increase efficiency and productivity.
  5. Talent management: Identifying and developing the firm’s talent, including attorneys and support staff.
  6. Knowledge transfer: Ensuring that the firm’s knowledge and expertise is transferred to new employees and future generations of attorneys.
  7. Strategic planning: Developing and implementing the firm’s long-term strategy and goals.
  8. Innovation: Developing and implementing new ideas and approaches to improve the firm’s services and operations.
  9. External relationships: Managing the firm’s relationships with external stakeholders, such as vendors, regulators, and industry organizations.
  10. Business continuity: Ensuring that the firm can continue to operate in the event of a disruption or emergency.

Now the response is rather generic but is extremely impressive considering it took 5 seconds. With some massaging it could be taken in the right direction. Who needs interns when you’ve got Robo-intern cooking up stuff for you. Game-changer.

Eventually you will be able to ask AI to check if a SAD has traceability to the business requirements document or business case automatically. Then ask it to address any gaps and draw up technical diagrams based on the described solution.

That will make our lives so much easier. Imagine how fast solutions could be developed. They might all end up looking the same. Perhaps it will be good for standardisation of documentation and artefacts.