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Enterprise architecture has long been sold as a way to enable organizations to deliver change, but has historically failed to deliver on this promise. Now is the time to revisit the purpose and role of enterprise architecture and to create an approach that results in it keeping that promise.


  • The use of enterprise architecture continues to mature, but many organizations are struggling to employ it as an enabler of organizational transformation and to get value from the approach.

Features and Benefits

  • Understand that enterprise architecture should be central to business change initiatives and IT service delivery.
  • Understand that the emphasis of enterprise architecture should be on outcomes and the views required by non-architects.

Key questions answered

  • How is enterprise architecture is fundamentally about helping the business achieve its objectives?
  • Why should the emphasis of enterprise architecture be on outcomes and the views required by non-architects?

Table of contents


  • Catalyst
  • Ovum view
  • Key messages


  • Recommendations for enterprises

Enterprise architecture should be central to business change initiatives and IT service delivery

  • Enterprise architecture can be a powerful tool in helping the business to change, and the IT function to support that change
  • Enterprise architecture must take a leadership role in both business initiatives and solution delivery
  • Enterprise architecture is often misunderstood and has a tarnished reputation

The emphasis of enterprise architecture should be on outcomes and the views required by non-architects

  • Describing the enterprise from three different perspectives
  • Focusing on outcomes for effective enterprise architecture
  • Enterprise architecture must support the various initiatives and capabilities found in the organization
  • Less is more, the aim should be to develop and communicate “just enough” architecture
  • Enterprise architecture should involve all the organization
  • Using an approach that concentrates on capture, as-is/to-be architecture, and communication
  • Adopting an iterative approach


  • Methodology
  • Author

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