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Enterprise Architecture Matters

Adrian Grigoriu

Essential Enterprise Architecture governance

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A governance framework establishes who makes what decisions and based on what. 

The EA architects shall propose a governance framework that regulates the EA development itself and its employment in the enterprise. 

The development governance is the instrument to control the EA efforts, solutions design and changes in the enterprise so that they are all aligned to realising the goals and strategy while achieving simplicity, agility and lower costs. 

The governance is embodied in people tasks, architecture principles, technology guidelines, security policies, roadmaps and the bodies (such as the Architecture Review Board) that make decisions about them. 

The EA governance for the EA employment in the enterprise regulates that and how stakeholders shall use the EA in their activities. It is implemented in checkpoints in business processes and boards that supervise operations and investment activities.

The governance shall be approved by a higher enterprise wide fora - the Architecture Review, Investments and Operations boards -  and it shall be used by all stakeholders for decision making in their own work.   

The EA architects will Police - someone has to do it - EA developments that fall into scope; they will check compliance and submit exceptions to the Architecture Review Board.

The EA architects are not judge, jury and executioner; they are not making the Law (even if they propose it) and they should not be executing the solutions (they often do though).

Currently though the architects are playing Police without a Law (EA...). Decisions are arbitrary and raise legitimate questions on Governance.

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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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