Enterprise Architecture Planning: Key Considerations and Benefits
EA gives essential insight into where problems occur, what it takes to repair them, and how to avoid them from recurring in the future by offering a comprehensive perspective of how a firm operates.
Fremont, CA: If the first thing that comes to the mind when you hear the word "architecture" is some kind of structural design, you're on your way to understanding enterprise architecture. Enterprise Architecture (EA) can be characterized as a conceptual blueprint (or map) that depicts an organization's structure and activities, despite the fact that it is frequently focused toward the building of a technology infrastructure that will allow for the successful implementation of a company's strategies.
When developing an enterprise architecture, it's common to have to think about operations and strategy from four separate perspectives: the whole business, as well as any information, application, or technology perspectives.
1. The business side of things is concerned with the day-to-day operations of a corporation in terms of standards and process design (these might involve delivering on your mission to stakeholders or customers, for example)
2. The application perspective is critical for determining how an organization's standards and processes interact (procedural consistency is a key factor here)
3. The use of effective team communication is key to the information element (think database, document, and visual presentation systems, for example)
4. The tech perspective is primarily concerned with planning around hardware, software, networks, and operating systems.
A corporation can not only understand how it is formed, but also how the many structural aspects all operate together, by bringing these varied viewpoints together and laying them out with the use of a visual map.
Benefits of enterprise architecture:
- Visibility into the corporate structure vs. long-term goals
- Unification of strategy between IT and non-IT business domains
- Across-departmental standardization of organizational objectives