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About Vanguard EA

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For two years, Vanguard EA was a service of Vanguard Strategies, Inc, a Seattle-based consulting firm founded by Nick Malik.  After years of leading in social media, with a popular blog on Enterprise Architecture, Nick served many roles in helping to develop the profession.

Vanguard EA was founded out of necessity.  After spending 11 years at Microsoft, Nick Malik was frustrated by the inability of the legendary software maker to clearly communicate, to it’s customers and partners, the value that Enterprise Architecture brings to an enterprise.  To be fair, it’s a tough challenge for any software vendor to communicate the value of EA, primarily because software is sold to people who don’t care about EA, and EA has to be nurtured with people who largely don’t care about software.

Feeling that he could do more good outside of Microsoft than in, Nick left the behemoth and formed Vanguard EA.  The name of the company was important in some ways, because a Vanguard EA is not a traditional Enterprise IT Architect.  While a traditional IT architect is focused on technology standards and integration challenges, a Vanguard EA takes the tools of engineering and a strong understanding of business, and applies novel methods to address business challenges that are often invisible or difficult to address.

Now that Vanguard EA is a warm memory, Nick has moved on to the elite Strategic Architecture team at Infosys.  If you would like to garner his services, or the services of another highly qualified Enterprise Architect, feel free to contact Infosys.