Enterprise Architecture (EA)
Definitions of EA
is a set of related capabilities that work together to define, manage and exploit Business and Information assets. By developing these capabilities, organizations can reduce risk, lower costs, increase revenue and ultimately realign and reshape faster in current disruptive markets.
Enterprise architecture (EA) is a discipline for proactively and holistically leading enterprise responses to disruptive forces by identifying and analyzing the execution of change toward desired business vision and outcomes
The organizing logic for business processes and IT infrastructure reflecting the integration and standardization requirements of the firm’s operating model
-“Enterprise Architecture as Strategy” - Weill, Ross, Robertson - Harvard Business School Press
EA is a logical framework that establishes the links between overall strategy and the organizational structures, business processes, information, and technology needed to fulfil that strategy and deliver the enterprise’s business vision. By providing an end-to-end holistic view of the enterprise, EA aims to support the decision-making process needed to continuously improve and fine-tune the effectiveness and efficiency of the business
- Booz & Co "Building Value Through Enterprise Architecture: A Global Study"
Majority of the organizations see Enterprise Architecture (EA) as an IT architecture or Solution Architecture service provided to IT Projects. EA is not limited to Technology. EA includes Technology, but focusses on business.
At TargetArc, we use well defined and proven Enterprise Architecture (EA) Framework, TOGAF (www.opengroup.org) and associated methodology for conducting enterprise analysis, design, planning and implementation using a holistic approach at all times, for the successful development and execution of Strategy.
We tailor the framework for each enterprise based on multiple factors which include "Organizational Readiness" & "Culture" and apply EA Principles, Techniques and Practices to identify, motivate and achieve changes necessary in all four disciplines; Business, Data, and Application & Technology, to execute strategies.
By combining our deep understanding of Enterprise Architecture with our expertise in Business Motivation, Information Management and Capability-Based Planning, we’ve transformed the complexity of defining and executing strategic Enterprise Architecture program’s into five simple steps.
Business Transformation Readiness Assessments - Assess where you are now – The development of any strategy needs to begin with a clear understanding of your starting point. We’ll work with stakeholders to determine your organization’s motivational factors (Business Motivation Models), how architectures across multiple disciplines are currently defined and managed within your organization, highlighting the strengths and weaknesses in your people, process and technology landscapes. Key issues will be flagged and the findings translated into an objective assessment of your existing capabilities.
Target where you need to be – Excellence across all business capabilities might be a commendable aspiration, but is it realistic – or necessary? Your future needs will depend on many factors, including the industry you work in, your corporate strategy, your appetite for change, emerging markets and technological changes. We’ll help you understand what capabilities are crucial to your business and where to focus your attention, so that your target is not only achievable and appropriate, but also aligned with your wider objectives.
Take a holistic view - Effective Enterprise Architecture is achieved through the combination of multiple capabilities. However, the inter-dependencies between these capabilities cannot be ignored, a lesson many organizations have had to learn the hard way. We’ll take a holistic view to ensure that any foundational capabilities are given due consideration and your investment in Enterprise Architecture isn't put at risk.
Transformation through transitions – Every organization moves at a different pace. Planning a strategic roadmap for Enterprise Architecture needs to consider your particular circumstances, factoring in the dependencies between the architecture capabilities as well as your relative business priorities and in-flight programs. We’ll help you create a roadmap that aligns with your business, lowers risk and builds towards your desired target state in manageable increments that continue to provide business value.
Deliver benefits early and often – Stakeholders need to feel the effects of improved architecture disciplines as early as possible to build confidence. Our roadmap will ensure benefits are delivered throughout the program and our ongoing mentoring and coaching will guide you on your journey. We'll help you achieve sustainable long term success – people, processes and technology all working together to ensure effective Enterprise Architecture practice.