Why Enterprise Architecture?

The primary reason for developing an enterprise architecture is to support the business by providing the fundamental technology and process structure for an IT strategy. Further, it details the structure and relationships of the enterprise, its business models, the way an organization will work, and how and in what way information, information systems, and technology will support the organization’s business objectives and goals. This makes IT a responsive asset for a successful modern business strategy.

Today’s CEOs know that the effective management and exploitation of information through IT is the key to business success, and the indispensable means to achieving competitive advantage. An enterprise architecture addresses this need, by providing a strategic context for the evolution of the IT system in response to the constantly changing needs of the business environment.

Furthermore, a good enterprise architecture enables you to achieve the right balance between IT efficiency and business innovation; in essence, it aligns IT with the business. It allows individual business units to innovate safely in their pursuit of competitive advantage. At the same time, it assures the needs of the organization for an integrated IT strategy, permitting the closest possible synergy across the extended enterprise.

What is an Enterprise Architect (EA)?

In summary:

An EA is a: An EA leads the:
  * Practitioner   * Project Manager
  * Consensus Builder   * Solutions Builder
  * Results Oriented   * Product Experts
  * IT Generalist   * Scientists
  * Business Aware   * Client
  * Top Level Designer
  * IT Expert

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