10 Indicators to Use as Guidance Prior to Implementing an EA Capability

Enterprise Architecture May 19, 2023

10 indicators that should be examined in order to understand how an EA capability can be successfully deployed.

Louw Labuschagne:

"I love my job. I can’t say exactly why, but maybe it is because I cannot explain exactly what I do in a 30 second elevator pitch, so my best answer to anyone asking is normally; “I am an Enterprise Architect, I solve problems”.

My job is unpredictable; I mostly work on projects, but sometimes get thrown into the trenches next to the operational staff to fight business fires that seem to jump out of nowhere. I normally don’t have to wear a suite when discussing application lifecycle issues with the dev teams or when I am doing a Business Intelligence application comparison for the data warehouse team, although I do have to put on a suite when asked to present or review business value chains, role definitions or solution project overviews with senior management teams. I understand technology and keep abreast of changes in the ICT industry, but also have a stack of business books all over the house that gets read on a piece meal basis (the stack are getting smaller, thanks to my iPad with Kindle and Audible apps) to understand the challenges faced by businesses in the 21st century

As a project manager, I can keep a team of professionals in line and deliver on time (most of the time), but will not try and compete with construction project managers. While as a trainer, I can explain and mentor information management professionals, but will not claim to be an educationalist that can teach any subject at the drop of a hat.

A typical day in my life can be anything from facilitating a workshop, modeling a business process, coaching an architect to managing a project, configuring a data mart, building a web application or presenting an architecture training course.

As a consultant, one of the more frequent projects that I am asked to lead or participate in is the establishment of an architecture capability in an organization. In a previous white paper I described the key steps to follow when establishing a capability, but sometimes an organization is not mature enough to sustain a full-blown EA capability.

In this white paper I will focus on the key indicators that I use to guide my decisions with regards to the level of formalisation that the EA capability can achieve. As a consultant and trainer I have the privilege of meeting a large number of architects and other professionals that are adopting Enterprise Architecture practices in their organizations and are facing several challenges in creating a sustainable EA capability.

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