CMM-Based EA: Achieving the Next Level of Enterprise Architecture Capacity and Performance

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Edmond Vail III, Bruce McCabe, Robert Kay


Typically, organizations start their enterprise architecture (EA) journey using non-integrated point-applications including documents, spreadsheets, and databases. While this approach to EA is initially easy and convenient, it inevitably leads to continuous reconciliation, the inefficient use of scarce resources, and eventual frustration. This is because point application tools lack the power to maintain the consistency of multiple EA models across EA teams and organizations. As a result, accurate cross-enterprise EA analyses are typically time and resource intensive, or are impossible to effectively perform. Moving from point tools EA to the capabilities of Capability Maturity Model (CMM)-based EA is more than a simple technology issue. The purpose of this article is to help organizations understand the potential benefits and dimensions required to implement CMM-based EA effectively. CMM-based EA is flexible enough that it can be successfully applied to the civilian and defense government programs.


capability maturity model, enterprise architecture, repository-based enterprise architecture

About the author

Edmond F. Vail III is a Senior Consultant at Telelogic AB. Telelogic’s System Architect™ is a leading repository-based EA application. Mr. Vail has worked with numerous Federal Government and commercial sector clients in successfully implementing their repositorybased EAs with System Architect.™ He has an MBA (concentration in Operations Research) from Boston University. He has also published previously on the topics of Knowledge Management and Enterprise Architecture.


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Journal of Enterprise Architecture

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