CAN’T SEE THE WOOD FOR THE TREES?
The operating environments of businesses in all industries have always been in a state of evolution.
Today, however, the pace of that change is increasing to meet the needs of the modern business
world. Ensuring that IT is proactively responding to business change, whilst also driving technical
innovation, is a challenge that faces every CIO and is one that Enterprise Architecture (EA)
EA will deliver a blueprint for your evolving business operating model, helping you to
ensure that your IT investment delivers benefit to the business. As a result your company
will be better positioned and more able to respond to business and environmental change.
WHAT IS IT?
EA is about ensuring your organisation maximises the benefit
from its investment in IT. It requires an understanding of the
organisation from a business and IT perspective to create a
future business operating model that has clear synergy between
business and IT. In simple terms, EA defines the vision,
principles, standards and roadmap that guide the selection,
deployment, operation, and refreshment of technologies required
to meet your fast changing business operating environment. Ultimately, its objective is to enable
you to organise and operate your business more effectively, and with greater agility.
All business operating models are underpinned by four cornerstones:
What the business does and wants to achieve
The information needed for the company to operate
The functional operations of the business required to ensure its success
The operational IT foundation to support the business
In an ideal world, when defining
their future state, businesses would
start with a blank sheet of paper,
unfettered by what has gone before.
business and technology estates, as
in-flight projects and
programmes. EA can unlock these
constraints and remove inhibitors to