I've blogged about the current global recession's affect on innovation before. I have blogged many times about the waxing and waning of virtual worlds technology called Second Life. Now, I get to blog about both subjects simultaneously.
I recently attended a presentation in Second Life by Gene Leganza of Forrester Research, Inc called Six Trends for Enterprise Architecture Professionals in 2009. This presentation was held at a meeting space on Second Life owned and operated by a small business development networking brokerage firm called Unique Customer Service Approach International. It looked a lot like a proper lecture hall with some virtual world style embellishments like giant, floating question marks that you click on when you want to ask a question. The speaker used voice chat but you could use the Second Life Instant Messaging feature to ask questions. You also had to click on your chair to cause your SL avatar to clap.
The talk itself was very informative and well thought out. I have blogged elsewhere on the actual content of the presentation but the upshot is this. Times are tough so you Enterprise Architects out there need to actually start doing what you were originally hired to do which was to deliver software development process, methodology, and architecture that is optimized at increasing long term shareholder value. Please excuse my attitude but I am passionate on the subject.