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Leo Barella

VP & Chief Enterprise Architect, AstraZeneca [NYSE: AZN]

Leo Barella is Vice President and Chief Enterprise Architect at AstraZeneca where he provides Enterprise Architecture Services for the Global Enterprise.

Mr. Barella is a leader in IT with a passion for innovative ideas applied to the development of market-leading capabilities. He has been a very energetic speaker at several national and international conferences where he has been advocating the power of Data to improve the overall Healthcare system especially in the applications of Personalized Medicine and Genomics research. 

He previously held positions as an executive consultant for IT Strategy and Transformation at Accenture, Avanade, Microsoft and HP in the biotechnology, pharmaceuticals, health care, government, financial and manufacturing industries.

Prior to Barella joining AstraZeneca, he was vice president and chief technology officer at Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, vice president and chief technology officer at Excellus Blue Cross Blue Shield in Rochester, NY and he was the division vice president and chief enterprise architect for Health Care Service Corporation in Chicago.

He has a master’s degree in telecommunication and computer science from the University of Pavia, Italy. He is a lifetime athlete and an Ironman tri-athlete.

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Architectural or engineering principles are the cornerstone of the Enterprise Architecture. IT organizations cannot effectively design an efficient architecture without such guiding principles, nor can it enforce an architecture that is out of congruence with those principles. The implication of executing IT without Architecture Principles and Architecture Governance...
My career has been centered on both the evolution and simplification of enterprise architectures for large enterprises. I believe in developing enterprise architecture principles as a foundation for the definition of solutions that meet the strategic needs of an organization. These principles don’t reference technology—instead, they drive technology...
With several years of experience both as an IT Executive and Consultant for Fortune 100 companies in leading Enterprise Architecture teams I have collected several practices in the implementation of Service Oriented Architecture that I will share with you. These recommendations have been refined throughout the years and they represent a summary of my “Rules of the...
Lessons from the Field I had the opportunity to execute global deployments of the Microsoft Unified Communication platform for four of the largest organizations in the Strategic Consulting, Pharmaceuticals, Healthcare and Financial Services industry. Each program involved the migration from the IBM Domino platform and included the deployment of combinations of...
The state of Hype vs reality in Big Data Undoubtedly, there is a lot of hype around Big Data. But overall, the substance outweighs the hype.  Having said that, there is still a fair amount of confusion, for instance on how to get value from it, and how to create a Big Data strategy.   On the technology level, there is a lot of fragmentation, and a lot of...