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Now is an appropriate time for organizations to use an enterprise architecture approach centered on a business-centric view of the enterprise and its operations, as well as exploiting it to provide direction to the IT function.


  • An architectural approach can assist with both business and IT decision-making.

Features and Benefits

  • Understand that enterprise architecture should be central to business strategy and change initiatives.
  • Understand that the adoption of an architectural approach can bring a number of benefits.

Key questions answered

  • Why should special attention be paid to the people aspects of enterprise architecture?
  • Why is communication one of if not the most important aspect when establishing enterprise architecture?

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  • Recommendations for enterprises

Enterprise architecture should be central to business strategy and change initiatives

  • Enterprise architecture is sometimes not readily understood and has a tarnished reputation
  • Enterprise architecture must take a leadership role in both business initiatives and solution delivery
  • Enterprise architecture should support the various scenarios and capabilities found in the organization

An architectural approach can assist with both business and IT decision-making

  • Enterprise architecture can be used as a bridge from the current to the future states
  • An architectural approach should be used to interpret strategy, as well as to support solution design and IT management
  • An architectural approach can be used to gain a better understanding of the IT environment and how it relates to the organization


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