This in-depth blog post will cover business capabilities, their attributes, use cases, and tips to use them in your daily practice.
In a previous post, we highlighted three use cases solved with Enterprise Architecture: Integration Architecture, Technology Obsolescence, and Data Compliance. For a full overview of these Enterprise Architecture use cases, and specialized EA tools may help, see this post.
This third and final installment of the 9 uses cases solved with Enterprise Architecture; we highlight the following four use-cases: Standards Governance, Monolith to Microservices, Cloud Transformation, and IoT Architecture.
The birth of Enterprise Architecture
In the 1980s, John Zachman wrote “A Framework for Information Systems Architecture,” and from there, the ideas around Enterprise Architecture were born. Zachman pointed out that with the increasing size and complexity of the implementations of information systems, it would be beneficial to construct architecture for defining and controlling the interfaces and the integration of all of the components of the system.
In a previous post, we highlighted two use cases solved with Enterprise Architecture: Post Merger Harmonization and Application Rationalization. For a full overview of these Enterprise Architecture use cases, and specialized EA tools may help, see this post.
This second installment of the 9 uses cases solved with Enterprise Architecture; we highlight the following three use-cases: Integration Architecture, Technology Obsolescence, and Data Compliance.
What value proposition does enterprise architecture provide? Three short years ago, the demand for Enterprise Architects was on the decline - leaving many to believe that the days of Enterprise Architecture were over. Currently, digital transformation has uncovered the true value of Enterprise Architecture. With correct Enterprise Architecture Management in place, organizations can build a holistic view of their strategy, processes, information, and IT assets to support the most efficient and secure IT environment.
The ancient philosopher Heraclitus of Ephesus was one of the most important thinkers in history. Born in 530 BC, Heraclitus’ views on change and flow affected the future philosophies and had a significant impact on the works of many philosophers from Marcus Aurelius to Friedrich Nietzsche.
There has long existed a barrier between those who need a technological solution and those who provide one. As previously discussed, IT departments were once known only for their business enablement and operational support. The business side would slowly form a directive of things needed, and IT would respond by providing the technical support.
Finally, companies realize what cities have known all along - every structure that is built to last must have an architect or two paving the way. The architect drafts the blueprint, elects the appropriate materials for the particular climate, anticipates the most optimal views, and supervises the entire project from beginning to end. The architect also analyzes which new materials entering the market are fit for the project, decides which vendors to trust, and makes necessary adjustments along the way.
Enterprise Architects do the same for their organizations, by bridging the gap between business and IT.
Global business processes demand that information be shared quickly and efficiently across many different software, tasks, and applications. LeanIX internal research indicates that large enterprises with more than €1 billion annual revenue have an average of 650 applications deployed at one time. The 10% largest companies have an average of a staggering 3400 applications.
2017 was an exciting year for enterprise technology. We've been introduced to artificial intelligence, found ways to apply machine learning techniques, and eased our apprehension with cloud computing and storage. 2017 was also the year that digital transformation uncovered the immense value of Enterprise Architecture. Enterprise Architecture has become the fastest-growing, in-demand skill set in technology, up 26% from 2016.