Enterprise Architecture Management

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Managing the Enterprise Architecture function of a large organisation can be a challenge.

EA Functional Management

  • Formation of organisation of EA groups
  • Develop key staff and skill sets
  • Metrics to monitor progress of EA initiatives and demonstrate the value of the EA function.
  • Stakeholder management and communications
  • Develop IT Strategy
  • Establish EA Governance
  • Design IT Portfolio Planning Processes
  • Develop a Business Interface

Staffing and Leadership Development

  • EA groups need to broaden skills. 5 main areas are:
    1. Engagement skills
    2. Business Understanding
    3. Strategic Thinking
    4. Architecture Work
    5. Technical Knowledge

Performance Measurement

  • EA contributions are often of intermediate value
  • Benefits of many EA activities are significant, but accrue over a longer period of time while the costs are felt immediately.
  • Structure performance measurements to link EA activities to strategic business objectives.
  • Select EA metrics that link to strategic business objectives.
  • Select a combination of Strategic and Tactical projects to deliver value.

Stakeholder Management and Communications

  • EA influence is always a challenge
  • Business decision making has become more cross-functional with business areas exercising greater control over IT