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What is Enterprise Architecture?

  • The description of an enterprise as a system in terms of its components, their inter-relationships, and the principles and guidelines governing the design and its evolution
  • The description is usually done to identify gaps between the current state and a desired future state
  • This design provides a roadmap for the organization to achieve its goals and deliver its objectives
  • Enterprise Architecture Is often described at multiple levels of breadth and depth
  • At its most effective, Enterprise Architecture enables effective execution of an organization’s strategy
  • IT Architecture is a major enabling component of an Enterprise Architecture

Why do I need Enterprise Architecture?

  • Effective management and exploitation of information is key to business success and competitive advantage
  • A good Enterprise Architecture optimises the (fragmented) legacy of processes (manual and automated) to an integrated environment
  • Response to change
  • Supports delivery of the business strategy
  • Enables the right balance between IT efficiency and business innovation

Business Drivers for Enterprise Architecture

  • Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Integrating cultures of disparate organizations
  • Getting People to work together (more) effectively
  • Increasing profitability
  • Compliance with Government regulations – cost effectively
  • Improving return on investment
  • Managing operational costs through “right-sizing”
  • Better utilization of IT resources and assets
  • Changing business environment
  • Leverage new technology
  • Responding to new markets and business opportunities

Benefits of Enterprise Architecture

  • Alignment with the company’s Business Model and Strategy
  • Information Systems and technology fully support your business
  • Continuous business evolution and improved quality of work output
  • Improved business flexibility delivered via a clear framework, defined structure, and standards
  • Reduced time to market
  • Better return on existing investment and reduced risk for future investment
  • Bring functions together to share skills, experience and knowledge
  • Better asset utilization
  • Better assess the impact of changes
  • Provide cost effective IT infrastructure leading to a more efficient IT operation
  • Enable business changes, technologically based business opportunities and innovation
  • Facilitate the introduction of new technologies
  • Allow standardization
  • Facilitate outsourcing if required
  • Information (or data) consolidation
  • Reduce enterprise/application integration complexity
  • Faster, simpler and cheaper procurement