EA: It’s Not Just for IT Anymore
Enterprise Architecture, widely used in commercial ventures and federal agencies, has been viewed primarily as an IT discipline and has been relegated to the office of the Chief Information Officer or the Chief Technology Officer. In this paper, the authors argue that EA has the potential for far-reaching impact on an organization’s “bottom line.” In many organizations, the EA is the only repository of enterprise-wide abstractions of the business. To begin to realize its potential, the EA needs to be exploited by enterprise management processes and should be organizationally re-located where its influence can be far more pervasive. By positioning the EA as a repository for enterprise management, it can integrate discrete business operations and strategies to enable a more efficient, more agile organization.