Develop an Enterprise Architecture Vision

Envision target state enterprise architecture and sell it to your stakeholders to secure approval and funding for your EA engagement.

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An inaccurate or non-existent EA vision causes:

  • Wasted time and effort scoping enterprise architecture around low priority business capabilities.
  • Poor understanding of what IT capabilities are required to achieve target state architecture.

An accurate EA vision causes:

  • Clear understanding of the scope of EA work; focusing on high priority business capabilities.
  • Thorough understanding of which IT capabilities must improve to achieve target state architecture.

Module 1: Adapt the approach to fit your situation

The Purpose

  • Adapt the approach to fit your situation.

Key Benefits Achieved

  • Understanding of the implications of EA, if it is treated as a project or process, and the ability to deal with those implications.
  • Increased awareness of key EA stakeholders and an improved strategy to effectively engage them.
  • An optimized, tailored approach to address the scope and goals of the EA engagement.

Activities: Outputs:
1.1 Decide if the envisioned EA engagement will be treated as a project or as a process.
  • List of implications
1.2 Identify and analyze your EA stakeholders, and develop a strategy to effectively engage them.
  • Stakeholder analysis summary table
1.3 Create an EA Vision document to facilitate stakeholder agreement on scope and direction of EA engagement.
  • EA Vision Document
1.4 Decide on the degree of formality and the level of detail you employ to develop an EA vision.
  • Risk and Complexity report

Module 2: Analyze business needs and context factors

The Purpose

  • Analyze business needs and context factors.

Key Benefits Achieved

  • Improved understanding of the business needs as they pertain to your EA work.
  • Ensuring the EA vision and scope of EA work is business-centric.

Activities: Outputs:
2.1 Identify and confirm business drivers for EA work.
  • Business drivers
2.2 Identify and confirm constraints.
  • Constraints
2.3 Locate and confirm architecture principles.
  • Architecture principles
2.4 Capture the initial set of architecture requirements.
  • Architecture requirements
2.5 Determine stakeholder concerns and EA deliverables to be produced to address them.
  • Stakeholder concerns
2.6 Define the scope of the EA effort in terms of breadth, depth, time period, and coverage of EA domains.
  • Scope of EA work

Module 3: Envision and describe the target state

The Purpose

  • Envision and describe the target state.

Key Benefits Achieved

  • Improved accuracy in describing the target state architecture.
  • Improved understanding of the organization’s high-priority business capabilities.
  • Improved ability to sell the target state EA to stakeholders.

Activities: Outputs:
3.1 Draw initial draft high-level architectural models of baseline and target architectures: value chain diagram, business capability maps, and conceptual-level view of the target application/technology environment.
  • High-level architectural models
  • Value-chain diagram
  • Business capability maps
  • Application/technology view diagram
3.2 Assess high-priority business capabilities.
  • Business capability assessment report
3.3 Define the target state architecture value propositions and measures.
  • Value propositions, value/performance measures

Module 4: Assess enterprise capabilities and risks

The Purpose

  • Assess enterprise capabilities and risks.

Key Benefits Achieved

An increased understanding of, and a plan for:

  • IT capabilities required to achieve and operate the target state.
  • The EA capability and how it will execute the EA engagement.
  • The business’ transformation readiness to undergo change.
  • Business transformation risks associated with the target state.

Activities: Outputs:
4.1 Assess your organization’s IT capabilities required to achieve and then operate the target state.
  • IT capability assessment
4.2 Assess your organization’s EA capability required to execute the EA engagement.
  • EA capability assessment
4.3 Perform business transformation readiness assessment to gauge the organization’s readiness to undergo change.
  • Business transformation readiness assessment
4.4 Manage business transformation risks associated with the achievement of the target state.
  • Business transformation risk assessment

Module 5: Secure Approvals for EA Engagement

The Purpose

  • Secure approvals for EA work.

Key Benefits Achieved

  • An optimized plan to communicate the EA Vision to stakeholders.
  • Increased likelihood of stakeholder buy-in and approval.

Activities: Outputs:
5.1 Market and sell the EA Vision to your EA stakeholders.
  • EA Vision Communication Plan
5.2 Develop a Statement of Architecture Work and secure approval that authorizes the EA engagement.
  • Statement of Architecture Work

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