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Four ways to boost enterprise architecture's business value

EAs are expected to turn IT projects into gold, but this doesn't happen automatically.
Written by Joe McKendrick, Contributing Writer on

Enterprise architects are the bridge between business and IT, and are expected to speak both languages. So they're in a good position to turn IT projects into gold. But this doesn't happen automatically -- so Chris Curran and David Barker posted some advice on how to boost EA's value as a resource to the business, in four easy steps:

  1. Launch (or re-launch) 'project architecture assistance services': The role of EA is to "make a a positive impact on the delivery of the new business capabilities (e.g. improved speed to market, improved reliability, etc)."
  2. Blueprint a high-priority business domain: "IT knows it is working on the right projects to deliver the greatest business value. The most tangible value, however, is through delivery of the projects identified by the blueprint."
  3. Develop an enterprise “core” blueprint: A high-level enterprise-wide blueprint can help identify "the core IT functions that serve as many business units as possible."
  4. Develop a blueprint for one or more core IT capabilities: The EA team is in a position to understand and help identify a handful of core IT services such as master data, data management, application integration, portal platforms, or B2B integration.

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