What is Enterprise Architecture?
Enterprise Architecture is a discipline that translates business vision and strategy into an effective enterprise. It is a broader scope of Business Architecture and supports business transformation success with a design strategy. Driving innovation and quick adoption to any changes caused by the market, Enterprise Architecture will provide a better understanding of the organization and its operations along with its business capabilities. It focuses on operation level concerns while Business Architecture emphasizes on the strategic level of business. Enterprise Architecture oversees investments, governance and assurance while facilitating organizational change.
Basic events can trigger a refresh of Enterprise Architecture, so it would be ideal to have one that will allow your organization to quickly adapt to any future disruption(s). It has become more necessary for organizations to implement Enterprise Architecture as market environment increasingly grows more complex.
Enterprise Architecture provides a hyper-extension view of the business ecosystem, processes, federated model of the entire organization and the combination of all. It covers key links between transactions in supply chain, market, and the socioeconomic sectors. Enterprise Architecture enhances enterprise strategies, capabilities, and initiatives. It is a guiding principle that helps shape investment and business behavior.
Strategy drives changes to Architecture which then translates Strategy into Execution. It is a continuous cycle resulting in continuous improvement. Business Architecture assures consistent application design across all delivery projections, thus enabling quick smooth decision making when necessary. It binds together different sectors, viewpoints, underlying principles, and systems, resulting in a repository of information that will improve decision making regarding business and technological changes. This practice aims to help organizations understand the structure and the way they work.
are important to point out due to how business domains are constantly changing and dynamic which affect enterprise states. Business strategy should include tactics that deal with changing environmental trends.
Organize architecture effort
scopes the Enterprise Architecture program.
translates the business strategy into a set of guidelines for organizational change. This is the main aspect of Enterprise Architect for it defines the needs of the enterprise and the business improvement targets. It produces the following products:
- Develop requirements
- Develop principles
- Develop models
documenting the current state is essential to advance towards future states and close the gap between the current state and the organization’s goals. This provides a guideline and an initial baseline to compare against the future.
Closing the Gap
identifies the differences between the current-state and the future-state specifications. Managing is the discipline that creates and maintains Enterprise Architecture artifacts while Governing alludes to the organizational processes and organizational structure. With the implementation of this methodology, organizations strengthen their principles and standards to drive towards desirable behaviors.
Enterprise Architecture provides an organization-wide overview of the business, ensuring the company is holistically consistent with its objectives and targets.
Easier and quicker introduction of new products or process changes and implementation of business rules.
Architectural efforts are usually created to respond or anticipate new business drivers. Each Architectural structure is personalized to the specific industry and organizations’ individual needs.
Technical risk and complexity is reduced due to standardization. This also causes the organization to be cost and time effective since tasks will consistently be in accordance to organization and governmental regulations.
Aligning Strategic and Operational Views of Business
Driving Technological Vision
Transforming and Automating Operations
Facilitating and Governing Organizational Change
Managing the Architecture
Integrating People, Processes, and Technology
The aim of Enterprise Architecture is to present the company in terms of its business entities, properties and relationships between the external environment and them. Professionals at Interfacing can help you and your organization implement the right Enterprise Architecture for your industry and business. Contact us more for information.
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