Enterprise Architecture

Enterprise Architecture (EA) provides the analysis and documentation of an enterprise in its current and future states from a strategy, business, and technology perspective. EA is a management instrument/program that is part of the overall governance process.

EA helps a company to innovate and change. Insights provided by EA are needed on the one hand to determine the needs and priorities for change from a business perspective, and on the other hand in assessing how the company may benefit from technological and business innovations.

Why Enterprise Architecture?

  • Effective management and exploitation of information is key to business success and competitive advantage.

  • Enable effective execution of an organization strategy.

  • Alignment between aspects of business strategy, organisational infrastructure, ICT strategy and ICT Infrastructure and Processes.

  • Enable right balance between business innovation and IT efficiency.

Strategic Alignment Model

(Henderson & Venkatraman 1993)

Business Benefits of Enterprise Architecture

  • Enterprise Architecture (EA) key to effective portfolio management and project prioritisation.

  • Better return on existing investment, reduced risk for future investment.

  • Gaps in desired Line Of Business (LOB) performance are identified.

  • Identify duplicated or stove-piped resources.

  • Faster, simpler and cheaper procurement.

  • More efficient ICT operation.