About Me

Nick Malik is a Senior Strategy Consultant. Focused on Enterprise Architecture, Nick is an expert at aligning and executing initiatives within organizations to their strategic goals.

Over the course of the past 32 years in various high-tech roles, Nick has worked in a wide array of organizations including financial services, health care, telecommunications, manufacturing, software, entertainment, hospitality, and government. He has played both business and technology roles, and brings a wide understanding of business strategy, leadership, and technical prowess to each engagement.

In 2009, Nick contributed the leading comprehensive metamodel for enterprise business architecture to Open Source as the Enterprise Business Motivation Model (, and is closely engaged with the Federation of Enterprise Architecture Professional Organizations (FEAPO), the Object Management Group (OMG), and the Open Group to mature the profession and practices of Enterprise Architecture.

His most recent book, Stories that Move Mountains, is available from Wiley. For more information, visit ( Follow Nick on his blog (, or on twitter (@nickmalik).

Specialties: Enterprise Architecture, IT Governance, Service Oriented Architecture, Human Collaborative Workflow, Enterprise Application Integration, Content Management, Legacy system extension, Object Oriented Programming, XML-based Web Services, UML, Data Modeling, Network Architecture and Agile Software Development.

Business Description

Vanguard EA helps companies change to meet their own strategic goals. Employing powerful Enterprise Architecture techniques, Vanguard EA can help a company build its strategy management and execution functions, whether that's in the form of an Enterprise Architecture function or an Enterprise Program Management Office. If you struggle to deliver your own strategy, call VanguardEA.

My Skills



Enterprise Strategy Architect at Microsoft

July 2012 - Present
Senior Strategy Consultant with Microsoft Consulting Services in the Enterprise Strategy and Planning offering for the Pacific Northwest Division.

Enterprise Architect at Microsoft

March 2004 - July 2012
Enterprise Architecture team within Microsoft IT

Application Architect at Sierra Systems Group

May 2001 - April 2004
Provide Application Architecture services to clients in State and Local Government, including Washington State Government (Labor and Industries, Department of Social and Health Services, Department of Licensing) and Los Angeles County (Mental Health Services). Heavy focus on e-business, EAI, EDI, and HIPAA implementation.

Director of Technology and Development, CoFounder at Acadio Corporation

March 1999 - April 2001
Cofounded Acadio, built and managed technical teams including Development, Test, Support and IT Helpdesk.

Director of Development at Fine.Com International

January 1997 - March 1999
Built and Managed Development team at this boutique web site development company in the early days of the dotcom boom. Worked with clients in entertainment, hospitality, ecommerce, manufacturing, and retail.

Senior Developer at BEST Consulting

January 1995 - January 1997
Contracting at Microsoft on Data Warehousing, Distributed Systems, Client-Server Systems

Owner at Malik Information Services

January 1995 - Present

Senior Developer at Contracting Firm

March 1993 - December 1994
Consulting at American Express (Southern Regional Operations Center, Fort Lauderdale, Florida) working on Executive Dashboard systems for Risk Management team

Software Developer In Test at Contracting Firm

March 1991 - March 1993
On Contract at IBM developing software to test OS/2 2.0 (Warp) during development.

Software Engineer II at Racal Datacom

September 1988 - March 1991
Developed embedded controller software for modems and CSU/DSU units for high-reliability telecommunications applications.


The University of Glasgow

Field of Study: Computing Science

University of Tennessee-Knoxville

Degree: BA
Field of Study: College Scholar (Comp Sci)


Interview of Dr. Brian Cameron and Nick Malik on publication of FEAPO Perspectives on Enterprise Architecture

Publication: Canadian IT Manager Connection
Date: Nov 06, 2013
Stephen Ibaraki interviewed Dr. Brian Cameron (Director of the Center for Enterprise Architecture at Pennsylvania State University) and Nick Malik (Enterprise Strategy Architect with Microsoft) on the publication of the Perspectives on EA white paper from the Federation of EA Professional Organizations

Perspectives on Enterprise Architecture

Publication: Architecture and Governance Magazine, Issue 9-4
Date: Nov 06, 2013
This paper describes the field of enterprise architecture and the value that the enterprise architecture function brings to an organization. The focus of this paper is to provide a unified perspective of enterprise architecture to a wide-ranging audience, not just to the architects themselves, but also to the people who interact with the architects, and others who want to learn about enterprise architecture. This paper was developed by the Federation of EA Professional Organizations in a multi-year effort. It was approved for publication by 17 international membership organizations representing thousands of architects, engineers, and analysts worldwide, and represents the first real consensus in the profession of Enterprise Architecture.

Stories that Move Mountains: Storytelling and Visual Design for Persuasive Presentations

Publication: Wiley
Date: Dec 01, 2012
Learn how to use stories and visuals to make top–notch presentations It′s called CAST (Content, Audience, Story, & Tell) and it′s been a quiet success, until now. Developed over a twelve year period as a presentation method to help Enterprise Architects, it was adopted by Microsoft Enterprise Architecture teams and filtered from IT managers to Sales, and beyond to major organizations around the world. Now, thanks to this unique book from an expert author team that includes two Microsoft presentation experts, you can learn how to use this amazing process to create and make high–impact presentations in your own organization. The book helps you build complete visual stories, step by step, by using the CAST method to first create a Story Map and from there, a compelling presentation. It includes sample Story Maps, templates, practical success stories, and more. You′ll discover how to go beyond PowerPoint slides to create presentations that influence your peers and effect change. •Explains the secrets of making presentations and effecting change using CAST to create Story Maps and from there, high–impact and visual presentations that tell a story •Covers how to apply a range of techniques and what the results look like, using screenshots of presentations, one page hand outs, and basic delivery with whiteboards •Coauthored by Microsoft experts and a visual design guru who have years of experience training professionals in these methods •Includes sample Story Maps, templates, practical success stories, and more Learn how to sell your ideas and trigger change in your company with Stories That Move Mountains: Storytelling and Visual Design for Persuasive Presentations

Interview of Nick Malik by the Canadian Information Processing Society

Date: Apr 04, 2012
Stephen Ibaraki interviewed Nick Malik for this podcast discussing business architecture and the adoption of the business model concept in Enterprise Architecture.


Contact Information

Seattle, WA
Phone: 206-245-4311

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