The State of Enterprise Architecture

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Independent Insight into the Leading EA Tools

Being ‘customer-obsessed’ is now the name of the game, and digital and business strategies must adapt to reflect this. Organizations need a central framework which allows them to achieve corporate goals, and they must take advantage of tools that help deliver near real-time insights, analyze changing operating models and incorporate new technologies into business roadmaps.

Why Enterprise Architecture?

Increasingly enterprise architecture (EA) is used to influence and map the strategic direction of organizations; underpinning the analysis, planning and modeling of business structures and processes.

EA’s role has evolved in the digital age, as companies look to harness new technology and the vast amounts of new data generated by the internet of things. The enterprise must consider how to classify and handle these data types, ensuring they can interoperate with both new and existing systems.

Moreover, prior deployment of emerging technologies in a piecemeal manner has led to siloed IT departments that support specific business functions in a haphazard fashion. Enterprise architecture is therefore required to clean up a legacy of uncoordinated technology implementations, while at the same time plan for the proliferation of new technologies.

In the same vein, for CIOs looking to engage with digital transformation, staying at the forefront of technology is vital. They will look to their EA teams, who must find a lasting value proposition that can slot into architecture roadmaps and ensure the organization can identify as emerging tech champions.

Changes in regulations also mean modern companies need to be responsive and flexible. For instance, organizations with European operations have been affected by data protection and privacy laws, especially in light of the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). And as businesses continue to grow and evolve, especially in instances of large merger and acquisitions, it becomes necessary to rationalize all aspects of the business architecture.

What Do the Analysts Say?

The Forrester Wave for Enterprise Architecture Management Suites (EAMS) recognizes the changes in the EA landscape and helps bring clarity to an increasingly crowded market, at a time when it is more crucial than ever to make the right investment.

Forrester notes how the vendors and their products have, ‘reacted to the needs of their customers and enhanced their offerings to support advanced strategy, asset management, and organizational design capabilities,’ and we are delighted that Orbus Software have again been named as leader.

The report provides a detailed evaluation of the 12 leading tools and vendors to help you understand the current market. Orbus, and our iServer product, were ranked against 35 different criteria grouped into three high-level categories; current offering, strategy, and market presence, and these form the basis of the final position within the Wave.

If you'd like to find out more about “The 12 Providers That Matter Most” in the EAMS market, download the full report here.