Implementing Enterprise Architecture in the Federal Aviation Administration Air Traffic Organization

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Douglas Findlay


Enterprise Architecture (EA) is a still-emerging discipline. As such, it faces significant challenges despite numerous federal mandates for its implementation across all government agencies. EA is bolstered by an emerging presence in academia, but it suffers from setback in the practical world of management. In some cases, organizations have tried multiple approaches to EA implementation with mixed results. The significant challenge facing anyone tasked with implementing EA is not technological, but rather one of understanding organizational dynamics at the macro level and human nature at the micro level. For successful implementation, the people that make up an organization must take ownership of EA, rather than have it thrust upon them. This article explains how this may be accomplished, as exemplified by the EA effort in the Federal Aviation Administration’s Air Traffic Organization.

Journal of Enterprise Architecture

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