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.
service oriented architecture, adaptive enterprise, enterprise architecture repository, enterprise management, effectiveness
About the authors
David Mayo is co-founder and Vice President of Everware, a professional services firm specializing in enterprise architecture, serviceoriented architecture, and software application development using component-based me~hod~. He i.s a waduate of the University of California at RiverSide and received his M.A. in economics from the University of British Columbia in 1978. His research interests inclu~e the business value of EA, IT strategic planning, and methods for dramatically accelerating the development of business software applications. Mr. Mayo chairs the Components Subcommittee of the Industry Advisory Council’s Enterprise Architecture Shared Interest Group and has co-authored several papers on EA topics. He is currently a senior advisor to the EA program of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.
Michael Tiemann is the Enterprise Architecture Practice Manager at AT&T Government Solutions. A graduate of Texas A&M University, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in architecture, Mr. Tiemann also holds an M.S. in Systems Management from University of Southern California. Prior to joining AT&T, he completed a distinguished career in the federal government, including the position of Chief Architect for the Department of Energy. He was DOE’s representative to the Federal CIO Council’s Architecture and Infrastructure Committee and was the founding Chair of the F~deral Architecture Working Group. Mr. Tiemann, who currently chairs the Governance Subcommittee of the Industry Advisory Council’s Enterprise Architecture Shared Interest Group, has wntten and lectured widely on various aspects of EA.
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