One must occasionally rant. And when that cathartic wave has crashed and some of the built up cynicism washed away, hopefully the receding waters leave a perspective for a pragmatic path forward.
Enterprise architectures should represent the very best of what we can and should strive for, encourage the business and staff to reach higher and push us to see beyond the boundaries and limitations of the current landscape. I guess what it comes down to is that there's good IT and bad IT and we have become overwhelmed by a sales machine - both internal and external, which advertises one but actually delivers the other. Its not a matter of subscribing to the latest method, programme or ethos - it's about understanding the subtle idiosyncrasies and the sympathetic treatment of people, process and technology. Leaning into the complex problems, and sometimes having the courage and integrity to defend work which doesn't have an immediate payoff.