The business does not exist! Why Enterprise Architecture is often a mission impossible

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Piet Jan Baarda


Successful application of enterprise architecture is not easy. Many books and articles have been written on the subject. They describe how alignment with ―the business‖ is essential and subsequently delve into architecture frameworks, procedures, organization, governance, and the required skill set. This article will show that in general there is no such thing as ―the business‖ and how this represents the major obstacle for successful enterprise architecture and mature IT.

Piet Jan Baarda is a Senior Information Architect at Sogeti Nederland BV.


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Journal of Enterprise Architecture

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