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Enterprise Architecture Matters

Adrian Grigoriu

Enterprise Architecture in times of economic downturn

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In times of economic crisis and after, but not only, to survive, a company needs to

* increase effectiveness (i.e. produce more with less) 
by discovering, documenting, improving and streamlining its processes; that requires alignment of BPM, Lean/Six-Sigma, CMM efforts...

* enhance organization efficiency 
by aligning roles and responsibilities in the organization chart to systems & processes in the EA

* reduce costs 
by standardization and elimination of duplications in products, platforms, processes... 

* execute properly the strategy to achieve business objectives 
by mapping strategies to organizational units and EA capability projects 

* rationalize resource consuming projects
by prioritising all tactical and strategical projects in a Project Portfolio  

What is the value of a Sigma effort if the systems described in EA are not properly supporting the improved processes?
How can one properly execute strategy if this is not mapped to business capabilities for lack of an EA blueprint?

Only a full Enterprise Architecture alone will support all these developments through coordination rather than replacement of existing developments. An EA that is not confined to IT. And there is no need for additional investments but but for a better correlation of existing Enterprise initiatives. 

Adrian @ http://enterprise-architecture-matters.co.uk

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Adrian Grigoriu blogs about everything relating to enterprise and business architecture, SOA, frameworks, design, planning, execution, organization and related issues.

Adrian Grigoriu

Adrian is an executive consultant in enterprise architecture, former head of enterprise architecture at Ofcom, the spectrum and broadcasting U.K. regulatory agency and chief architect at TM Forum, an organization providing a reference integrated business architecture framework, best practices and standards for the telecommunications and digital media industries. He also was a high technology, enterprise architecture and strategy senior manager at Accenture and Vodafone, and a principal consultant and lead architect at Qantas, Logica, Lucent Bell Labs and Nokia. He is the author of two books on enterprise architecture development available on Kindle and published articles with BPTrends, the Microsoft Architecture Journal and the EI magazine. Shortlisted by Computer Weekly for the IT Industry blogger of the year 2011.

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