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.
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.
(Henderson & Venkatraman 1993)
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.