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Introduction

An architectural approach can provide a useful structure within which organizations can plan for and execute change. Special attention should be paid to the people and process aspects of enterprise architecture.

Highlights

  • Enterprise architecture is an important company asset that has to be continually managed to ensure relevance is maintained. The successful utilization of enterprise architecture requires buy-in from across the entire organization, and an understanding of the roles and responsibilities involved.

Features and Benefits

  • Assesses the benefits of taking a metrics-based iterative approach to enterprise architecture.
  • Identifies the importance of cultural change for organizations planning enterprise architecture initiatives.

Key questions answered

  • What are the key requirements for organizations developing current and future architectures?
  • How can enterprise architecture benefit from a metrics-based iterative approach?

Table of contents

Summary

  • Catalyst
  • Ovum view
  • Key messages

Recommendations

  • Recommendations for enterprises

To be effective, an architectural approach must focus on more than just the delivery of models

  • Using an approach that concentrates on capture, as-is/to-be architecture, and deliverables
  • Communicating architecture
  • Capturing knowledge
  • The availability of industry models provides a good starting point
  • Current and future architectures

Architecture can benefit from a metrics-based iterative approach

  • A metrics-based approach
  • The iterative method

The cultural change required should not be underestimated

  • Special attention should be paid to the people and process aspects of enterprise architecture
  • Enterprise architecture should involve the whole organization
  • The enterprise architect role requires the right person with the right skills

Appendix

  • Methodology
  • Further reading
  • Author

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