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Define an EA Operating Model

Create an EA operating model that aims to deliver on the EA value proposition.


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With an appropriate EA operating model in place, the EA team will be focused on doing only the necessary things that help them deliver on the established mandate.

Your Challenge

  • Many EA programs fail to deliver on promised benefits. EA teams take the path of least resistance and fail to consider the implications of decisions that they make – and decisions that they don’t make – about the way they operate.
  • Overreliance on frameworks can make an EA group inflexible and overly bureaucratic. By strictly following a framework such as TOGAF or Zachman, it can be difficult for an organization to adapt in a timely manner to its unique issues.
  • EA groups make enterprise-affecting decisions in isolation, leading to misalignment. With a lack of stakeholder engagement, an EA group may not consider all relevant perspectives when making decisions that impact the entire enterprise.

Our Solution

  • Place and structure the EA team to ensure that it is best positioned to deliver the identified services.
  • Create an engagement model to seamlessly integrate EA activities into the way the organization does business.
  • Adopt a governance approach that encourages collaboration without being overly intrusive.
  • Create an architecture development framework that tailors best practices and industry frameworks to your organizational context.
  • Increase your chances of success by creating a practical operational plan.

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Search Code: 82001
Published: October 20, 2016
Last Revised: November 14, 2016