EAdirections Blog

Business ‘Fit’ vs. Technical ‘Fit’: The Crucible of Strategy, Architecture & Governance

IT leadership and EA teams struggle with how to effectively engage business leadership regarding application systems that do not adhere to architectural standards or technology strategy.  A simple technique can be used to effectively illustrate when existing systems do not fit with current standards or strategic IT roadmaps, as well as to Generate effective conversation…
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Tactical (yet Strategic) EA – Keeping Both Sides Happy

We say it all the time, but the bottom line is it’s the truth – we don’t have enough time! As EA practitioners, we are always faced with the conflicting pressure to produce results now, while maintaining our focus on the strategic nature and future state target of the enterprise as a whole. This is…
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Too Much Tactical Focus with Business Architecture?

As more and more organizations embrace Enterprise Architecture with a concerted effort in Business Architecture (BA),. we are beginning to see one of the common pitfalls of IT Architecture (ITA) spill over — too much focus on the tactical, project level.  Apparently, getting business representatives involved in applying EA discipline to the business architecture does…
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EA Value Contribution

What value does the EA function provide to the enterprise? That question consistently ranks in the top ten list of most frequently asked EA questions. The answer to the question depends on who is asking and what answer they expect to hear based on their personal and professional interpretation of the word “value”. A systematic, multi-part approach to addressing the value question can lend clarity.
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Portfolio Management Still a Key to Realizing EA & IT Benefits

Enterprise Architecture as long been considered a planning discipline.  Many times when asked about the value of EA, people will comment with the old axiom, “What is the value of a plan?”  While there is certainly some inherent value in the artifacts, processes, and relationships developed by EA in and of themselves, the real benefits…
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Overcoming the Tensions between Project Staff and EA Groups

Why is it that members of an organization’s enterprise architecture team don’t often see eye to eye with members of the project community, and vice-verse, and what can we do to fix it?
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Does EA Figure into Strategic Sourcing and Procurement?

Over the last year or so, I have been working with a company, BluePrint Marketing, which specializes in improving the sales and marketing capabilities of IT vendors. During that time, two things have become clear to me. 1) While IT vendors are increasingly aware that EA plays a role in strategic sourcing and procurement decisions,…
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