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Enterprise Architecture Without Governance: Problems, Causes, Mitigation
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For all the words written about enterprise architecture, there’s still a range of definitions floating about regarding what Enterprise Architecture actually is. Of course, there’s a definition on the Wikipedia page for it; other organizations have a definition; various analyst groups and pundits have their own definitions. Perhaps my favorite attempt that I’ve ever seen on the subject was the Gartner report several years ago that debated back and forth on the topic for four pages before finally coming to the conclusion that “Enterprise Architecture is the architecture of the enterprise”.
Some will say that the practice of Enterprise Architecture is about attaining a common view of the organization’s operations and IT estate. Some will say that the practice of Enterprise Architecture is about standardizing and streamlining the systems within the IT department. Others will say that the practice of Enterprise Architecture is about aligning business and IT. These claims don’t contradict each other, but the running theme that appears throughout all this is that it’s about supporting the top-level management of the IT department. It’s true that this doesn’t have to be run out of the IT department (although, let’s face it, it’s where EA usually lives), but the focus on management and organizational governance is at the heart of the matter
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