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Business Value of Enterprise Architecture – Why CEOs should Recognize and Empower their EA Departments
Key Takeaways from the McKinsey & Company and Henley Business School EA Survey
by Oliver Bossert, Len Fehskens, Sharm Manwani, and Jan Sokalski 

Recent research on IT’s future value proposition (Khan et al. 2017) revealed that both business and IT leaders expect IT to play a new role in companies’ strategic directions. The focus of IT will shift from supporting the creation of business value to value-generating, technology-based business innovation and digital initiatives. Yet, it is recognized that IT today struggles to perform – just 12% of research participants believe IT organizations are “highly effective” at leading digital initiatives.

The Enterprise Architecture (EA) Survey by McKinsey & Company and Henley Business School finds that EA can enable digital transformation while reducing business and IT complexity. Therefore, if set up well, it can become a strategic function. CEOs who recognize and enable the full potential of their EA departments can position their organizations for successful digital innovation. This article builds on the EA Survey results to position EA, firstly in its role, secondly in its value to the CEO, and finally in how to increase its contribution.

Enterprise Architecture Advances in Technical Communication
by Beryl Bellman and Ken Griesi

The most significant advance in technical communications is the impact of Enterprise Architecture (EA) and its development over the past 30 years since its inception. EA enables enterprises to fully align business strategies with the technological infrastructures that support them. It facilitates an organization’s ability to communicate with all its constituent components as well as to strategically align with those with whom it interacts allowing, as The Open Group describes, Boundaryless Information Flow™, more effective decision support, and the alignment of the business, application, data, and technology architectures that comprise them. This promotes change management and enterprise transformation for communication structures and practices, multi-modal communications, and the effective management of disruptive technologies.

One definition of EA is the organizing logic for business processes and IT infrastructure reflecting the integration and standardization requirements of the firm’s operating model. It provides a conceptual blueprint that defines the structure and operation of an organization. The intent of EA is determining how an organization can most effectively achieve its current and future objectives. We present a synthesis of EA frameworks and their relationship to the Zachman Framework™ as the underlying basis for their models.

Enterprise Architecture Dynamic Alignment Model
by Atiogbe Didier Koffi

An organization’s fundamental need to respond to influencing forces in its environment is very likely to require some transformation of the enterprise to align itself with new business strategies. Enterprise Architecture (EA) can play a crucial role to increase the chances of implementing such initiatives in a timely and effective manner throughout all layers of the organization. This article presents a Systems Theory-inspired EA model that predicts over the EA implementation lifecycle fundamental dynamic patterns induced by the various EA components and the influence that they have on each other. With an improved understanding of the dynamic behavior of key enterprise components, EA practitioners become better equipped to effectively lead organizational transformation endeavors towards more predictable and beneficial outcomes.

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