Mike Rosen is Research Vice President for IDC’s Research Network with a focus on Enterprise Architecture. Leveraging over 35 years of technology, development, and architecture experience, Mike has established a reputation for results oriented thought leadership and practicality. Mike is often quoted as saying “Creating architecture itself provides no value. Value is only delivered when architecture is successfully used to influence decisions and outcomes.” He has demonstrated this mantra at dozens of enterprises, large, medium and small. While many of his clients are in finance and insurance, Mike has experience delivering value through architecture at government agencies, retail, technology, logistic, energy, healthcare and other organizations in over a dozen countries worldwide.
Mike has led research and publishing efforts in Enterprise Architecture, focusing first on ‘best practices’, delivering real advice to architects and executives. Through consulting roles in a variety of organizations, Mike has focused on practical and effective architecture programs, the development of appropriate architectural work products, and the internal career growth of architects.
As CTO at software start-ups, Mike has first hand expertise in balancing strategic and tactical demands. Finally, as a Product Architect for leading middleware products from Digital Equipment Corporation, BEA Systems, and IONA Technologies, as well as 15 years of software development, Mike has a thorough understanding of the development process.
Mike translates these architectural skills, knowledge, and experience into success criteria for architecture initiatives and business transformations. Mike is author of numerous books including “Applied SOA: Architecture and Design Strategies” (2008), and “Building eBusiness Systems and Architecture: A Manager’s Guide” (2000) as well as dozens of reports and hundreds of articles. He speaks at architecture conferences internationally, and is especially appreciated for his ability to relate architecture value and roles to executives. Mike holds a B.S from University of Maryland and is currently topping off his education with PhD research at the Radboud University in the Netherlands.