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Design an Enterprise Architecture Strategy

Maximize the likelihood of EA success by communicating EA’s expected contributions to the business.

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Contributors

  • Zachary Curry, Director, Enterprise Architecture and Innovation, FMC Technologies
  • Pam Doucette, Director of Enterprise Architecture, Tufts Health Plan
  • Joe Evers, Consulting Principal, JcEvers Consulting Corp
  • Cameron Fairbairn, Contract Architect / Consultant, 8Bit Networks
  • Michael Fulton, Chief Digital Officer & President, Americas Division at CC&C Solutions
  • Tom Graves, Principal Consultant, Tetradian Consulting
  • (JB) Brahmaiah Jarugumilli, Consultant, Federal Aviation Administration – Enterprise Services Center
  • Huw Morgan, IT Research Executive, Enterprise Architect
  • Serge Parisien, Manager, Enterprise Architecture, Canada Mortgage Housing Corporation

Your Challenge

  • The enterprise architecture (EA) team is constantly challenged to articulate the value of its function.
  • The CIO has asked the Enterprise Architecture team to help him understand the value the team brings to his department.
  • While there may be an IT strategy documented, no EA strategy exists, or at best, some loose collection of ideas form the basis of the EA strategy.
  • The business focuses on a projects, ignoring holistic value of an overarching architecture.
  • This “project-only” view results in poor technology investments, resulting in massive technical debt, and most enterprises are not ready to adjust to the Agile practices, further increasing technical debt.
  • In addition, enterprises struggle with rapidly changing technologies.

Our Advice

Critical Insight

  • EA can deliver many benefits to an organization. However, in order to increase the likelihood of success, the EA group needs to deliver value to their organization based on the operating environment and the direction of the enterprise.
  • An EA strategy anchored in a value proposition will ensure that EA focuses on driving the most critical outcomes in support of the organization’s enterprise strategy.

Impact and Result

  • Create an EA value proposition based on enterprise needs that clearly articulates the expected contributions of the EA function.
  • Establish the EA fundamentals (vision and mission statement, goals and objectives, and principles) needed to position the EA function to deliver the promised value proposition.
  • Identify the services that EA has to provide to the organization in order to deliver on the promised value proposition.

Research & Tools

Start here – read the Executive Brief

Read our concise Executive Brief to find out why you should create an EA strategy to establish a successful EA practice, review Info-Tech’s methodology, and understand the four ways we can support you in completing this project.

1. Value proposition

Identify EA stakeholders and their needs, identify the pains preventing those needs from being addressed, and articulate a set of promises of value based on stakeholder needs to show EA’s value proposition.

2. EA fundamentals

Create the EA fundamentals based on the previously identified promises of value to guide the future decision of the EA function.

3. EA service design

Identify the EA services your EA function needs to provide the organization to fulfill its promises of value.

Guided Implementations

This guided implementation is a seven call advisory process.

Guided Implementation #1 - Value proposition

Call #1 - Define the business and technology drivers of the organization.
Call #2 - Create an EA value proposition linked to business and technology drivers.

Guided Implementation #2 - EA fundamentals

Call #1 - Realize the importance of EA fundamentals.
Call #2 - Create the EA function scope.
Call #3 - Define the EA principles for the organization.

Guided Implementation #3 - EA service design

Call #1 - Define the relevant EA services to your organization and how they will be consumed.
Call #2 - Finalize the set of services and secure approval for the EA strategy.

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Enterprise Architecture

EA teams need to understand the dynamic relationship between organizational complexity, operational maturity, and stakeholder value. This relationship forms the foundation for building value-driven roadmaps anchored in stakeholder needs..
This course makes up part of the Service Planning & Architecture Certificate.

Course information:

  • Title: Enterprise Architecture
  • Number of Course Modules: 4
  • Estimated Time to Complete: 1 hour
  • Featured Analysts:
  • Gord Harrison, SVP Research & Advisory
  • Arif Mustafa, Research Director, Enterprise Architecture
  • Now Playing: Executive Brief

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Module 1: Identify Stakeholders and Their Needs

The Purpose

  • Identify the EA stakeholders and their needs.

Key Benefits Achieved

  • An understanding of the stakeholders and their needs, which will be used to frame the EA value proposition.

Activities

Outputs

1.1

Identify and prioritize EA stakeholders.

  • Stakeholder Power Map
1.2

Review strategic documents to understand organizational plans.

1.3

Conduct PESTLE analysis to identify business and technology trends.

  • PESTLE Analysis
1.4

Interview stakeholders to identify business and technology needs.

  • List of business and technology needs

Module 2: Create the EA Value Proposition

The Purpose

  • Create a value proposition to communicate the value of EA by linking together EA’s contributions, stakeholder needs, and generated value.

Key Benefits Achieved

  • Create a direct link between stakeholder needs and ways EA can help stakeholders address those needs.

Activities

Outputs

2.1

Create business and technology drivers.

  • List of business and technology drivers
2.2

Identify pains that obstruct stakeholders from addressing drivers.

  • List of pains associated with business and technology drivers
2.3

Brainstorm EA contributions to alleviate pains.

  • Set of EA contributions to alleviate the pains
2.4

Define promises of value to articulate the EA value proposition.

  • Promises of value to articulate the EA value proposition

Module 3: Define the EA Fundamentals

The Purpose

  • Create the EA fundamentals to guide the strategic direction of the EA function.

Key Benefits Achieved

  • EA fundamentals are created to assist the EA function in making future decisions.

Activities

Outputs

3.1

Create the EA vision and mission statement.

  • EA vision statement
  • EA mission statement
3.2

Define the EA goals and objectives.

  • EA goals and objectives
3.3

Determine EA scope.

  • EA scope
3.4

Create a set of EA principles.

  • List of EA principles

Module 4: Identify EA Services and Communicate the EA Strategy

The Purpose

  • Define the EA services relevant to your organization.
  • Present the EA strategy outputs to stakeholders to secure EA strategy approval.

Key Benefits Achieved

  • Define the services EA will provide to the organization and how they will be delivered.
  • Secure EA strategy approval.

Activities

Outputs

4.1

Define the services the EA function will provide.

  • Defined list of EA services that the EA function is committed to providing
4.2

Plan next steps for the EA function.

4.3

Present workshop recommendations to EA stakeholders.

  • Executive presentation to EA stakeholders

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Workshop

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47

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N/A

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95

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Workshop

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20

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$132K

47

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N/A

N/A

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Workshop

8/10

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N/A

BTG International

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$26,045

2

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N/A

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Guided Implementation

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$62,873

50

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N/A

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20

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$1,900

20

NASA

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8/10

$13,236

5

Rotary International

Guided Implementation

10/10

$66,183

60

UAP Inc

Workshop

8/10

N/A

20

Belize Telemedia Limited

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8/10

$31,106

16

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10/10

$33,511

18

Modern Woodmen of America

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8/10

$13,236

12

Belize Telemedia Limited

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8/10

N/A

N/A

Wabtec Corp

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6/10

N/A

N/A

Toronto Community Housing Corporation

Guided Implementation

8/10

$10,000

10

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10/10

$66,183

50

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Guided Implementation

10/10

N/A

18

David's Bridal

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10/10

N/A

N/A

LA County CIO's Office

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N/A

Eircom Ltd.

Guided Implementation

9/10

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10