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What Is Enterprise Architecture Really?

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Welcome to our comprehensive guide on ‘What is Enterprise Architecture Really?’.

This blog post aims to demystify the concept of enterprise architecture (EA), a strategic framework that aligns an organisation’s business strategy, processes, information, and technology to achieve its goals.

We will delve into the purpose of EA, its role in leading enterprise responses to disruptive forces, and how it fosters team alignment and standardisation.

Here’s what we’ll cover:

Let’s start this post by defining enterprise architecture…

What Is Enterprise Architecture?

Enterprise Architecture looks at both Business and Technology Architecture. 

TechTarget calls it “a conceptual blueprint that defines the structure and operation of an organization”. 

Its aims to make sure your IT investment will help you achieve your current and future objectives at the strategic level, operations level and implementation level.

What Are The Elements Of Enterprise Architecture?

As we’ve mentioned previously, Enterprise Architecture is composed of two elements – Business and Technology Architecture. 

In a previous post, we mentioned that Business Architecture enables strategic planning and strategic execution.

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It is used to make sure that the business is structured in such a way it can meet its strategic objectives and achieve its Vision in the most efficient and effective way. 

On the other hand, IT architecture look at Information System Architecture (how the information systems enable the business to achieve its objectives) and Technology Architecture (how the technology fits together). Here’s a visual that summarizes the elements of enterprise architecture:

What’s The Problem With Enterprise Architecture?

The problem with Enterprise Architecture is that Enterprise Architects usually see ‘Business Architecture’ activities through a ‘technical’ lens.

Have a look at our article ‘TOGAF vs HOBA: Choosing the right enterprise architecture framework to see the real difference.

Together Business Architecture and IT Architecture make up Enterprise Architecture 🏛️
Together Business Architecture and IT Architecture make up Enterprise Architecture 🏛️

They think that business concerns, problems and issues can be addressed and solved by a technology solution. 

And in a lot of cases, a technology solution alone. In practice, this is not always the case. It doesn’t always work. 

And it sometimes leads to high expenditure on technologies that may not deliver real value to the business. 

Hence, the high failure rate in business transformation programmes! 

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Ideally, business and IT should operate in alignment. That said, an ideal ‘Enterprise-Business Architect’ is responsible for both the Technology elements of the Enterprise Architecture (i.e. Technology Architecture). 

Many recruitment consultants fail to recognize the issues and most importantly differences between an Technology Architect, a Business Architect or someone calling themselves an Enterprise Architect when attempting to fill the position. 

Remember: It’s always important to understand both Business and Technology Architecture, which together make up your Organisations Enterprise Architecture.

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How Will Enterprise Architecture Benefit Your Business?

Here are the benefits of Enterprise Architecture:

Conclusion

In conclusion, Enterprise Architecture (EA) is more than just a conceptual blueprint; it’s a strategic framework that aligns an organisation’s business strategy, processes, information, and technology to achieve its goals. It provides a holistic view of the organisation, enabling effective decision-making, optimisation of resources, and adaptation to changes in the business environment.

Through this blog post, we hope you’ve gained a deeper understanding of EA, its purpose, and its pivotal role in leading enterprise responses to disruptive forces. Remember, EA is not just about identifying IT systems, applications, and processes, but also about how these parts fit together to form a cohesive whole.

As we’ve explored, EA is a discipline that promotes an IT infrastructure in support of successful business practices. It’s about creating a map of IT assets and business processes, and a set of governing principles that drive an ongoing discussion about business strategy and how it can be expressed through IT.

Thank you for joining us on this exploration of ‘What is Enterprise Architecture Really?’.

If you’re interested in learning more about how EA can benefit your organisation, or if you have any further questions, we invite you to learn more about HOBA or contact us to discuss how we can help.

Remember, at Hoba Tech, we’re more than just a technology company; we’re your partners in navigating the complex landscape of enterprise architecture and IT strategy.

Let me know if you like this and what you would like to see next in the comments below.

Thank you for reading this!

Sincerely,

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Heath Gascoigne

P.S. Don’t forget that Enterprise Architecture looks at both Business and Technology Architecture.

Remember: Enterprise Architecture should help you achieve your current and future objectives in the strategic level, operations level and implementation level. We call that the 3L’s

P.P.S. If you want to learn more about business transformation, check out The Business Transformation Playbook or download the free preview here.

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