Pierre Hadaya talks business architecture and strategy

 I really enjoyed the session with Pierre Hadaya as he talks business architecture, career planning, learning, strategy and more.  I am struck by the depth and breadth of the conversation I had with Pierre, his reference to the concept of equifinality resonated with me on both a professional and personal level. The conversation was full of personal passion, professional experience, and forward-thinking ideas about the future of business and strategy.

In this post, I will share three key topics that stood out to me in the interview, along with a list of learning points that I believe are valuable takeaways for anyone interested in the evolving landscape of business and technology.


Pierre, a professor at the Université du Québec à Montréal and co-founder of ASATE, has a long history in information technology dating back to 1995. He obtained a Ph.D. in Technology Management from the École Polytechnique de Montréal.

His primary research interests have culminated in a co-authored book, "Business Architecture: The Missing Link Between Strategy Formation, Implementation, and Execution."  Pierre's use of the equifinality principle highlights his diversified career spanning academics, IT, and business architecture, affecting his competence in strategic planning and enterprise design.

In addition to his academic responsibilities, Pierre works with various private-sector organisations dedicated to developing world-class IT capabilities in order to effectively change their businesses and become more innovative and competitive. His consulting and advisory efforts are primarily concerned with IT strategic alignment through combined business/IT strategy and planning, as well as the implementation of an enterprise architectural methodology.

Three key topics from my conversation with Pierre: 

1. The Role of Hobbies and Interests in Shaping a Professional Outlook:

Pierre's hobbies, such as traveling, reading, and watching movies, have significantly influenced his professional life. His love for travel has cultivated international relationships, while his passion for reading keeps him continuously learning. Pierre's appreciation for movies with complex narratives reflects his affinity for intricate systems and stories, a trait that undoubtedly benefits him as a business architect. 

2. Career Trajectory:

Pierre's career trajectory underscores the value of embracing change and pursuing knowledge. He transitioned from engineering to IT, then academia, and finally to enterprise architecture and strategy. His story exemplifies the importance of adaptability and continuous learning in building a successful career. Pierre's approach to business architecture as a holistic discipline that integrates strategy, management, and implementation is particularly insightful. 

3. The Future of Business Architecture and Strategy:

Looking ahead, Pierre envisions a shift from traditional, siloed structures to more integrated and agile systems within organizations. He advocates for architecture-based strategy, where agility is informed by a solid architectural foundation. This forward-thinking approach suggests that professionals must extend their competencies and embrace multidisciplinary methods to tackle complex business challenges successfully. 

Key learning points:

  1. Integrating personal interests with professional activities can lead to a more fulfilling career.
  2. Continuous learning and embracing change are critical for professional growth.
  3. Career paths are rarely linear; embracing a variety of experiences can lead to a more fulfilling professional life.
  4. Effective business architecture is crucial for addressing complex problems and achieving long-term success.
  5. Agility in business must be grounded in architecture to avoid inefficiencies and hindrances to progress.
  6. Business architecture requires a balance of technical and soft skills, making it a multidimensional field.
  7. The ability to architect complex systems is crucial in adapting to new technologies like AI.
  8. A career is a marathon, not a sprint, and patience and persistence are key to long-term success.
  9. Reading widely is important but applying what you learn is what makes knowledge valuable. 
  10. Choosing the right environment and mentors can significantly impact your career trajectory.


In closing, my conversation with Pierre reinforced the idea that our personal growth and interests are deeply intertwined with our professional lives. The future of business architecture and strategy demands a willingness to learn, adapt, and navigate the complexities of modern business. As we anticipate the changes that AI and other technologies will bring, the role of the business architect will become even more central in guiding organizations through transformation. The insights from this discussion are valuable not only for aspiring business architects but for anyone seeking a strategic and comprehensive mindset to navigate the evolving landscape of business and technology. 

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About Pierre:

Pierre Hadaya, a co-founder of ASATE Group Inc., is a renowned author and expert in the field of business architecture. In his book, "Business Architecture: The Missing Link in Strategy Formulation, Implementation and Execution," co-authored with Bernard Gagnon, Pierre delves into the importance of having a competitive advantage for the long-term success of organizations. He highlights the challenges faced by organizations in formulating, implementing, and executing a winning strategy, and how business architecture can help overcome these difficulties. By leveraging business architecture, organizations can build and exploit a superior strategy management system. Pierre's insightful book provides valuable insights on how to meet the strategic challenges faced by organizations and thrive in today's competitive business landscape. To learn more about Pierre Hadaya and his expertise, you can visit his LinkedIn profile 

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