And to be able to properly operate cross-enterprise, the function that delivers the EA should report into the top enterprise management.
Thinking like EA architects then, how do we move from the IT EA of today to the full business EA practice?
I've recently seen a few positions of business architects which, in reality, were disguising business analysts roles, dealing mostly with requirements and process modeling. Moreover, the BAs were required to be TOGAF and ITIL certified and they indeed, reported into IT.
ile the executives do a good job in managing the enterprise today, what everybody misses is the synoptical blueprint that enables them to talk about the same thing, in the same language, in terms that have same definitions.
In the absence of such a framework, occasionally, a brilliant individual, working and innovating hard may succeed from IT to develop a better kind of enterprise architecture. But the outcome would be hardly reproduceable since we lack a theoretical framework that offers repeatability, predictability, standardization and consistency to such developments.
He will ensure that it is the full blueprint of the enterprise that it is delivered rather than the IT blueprint. And he will make sure that the audience is the whole enterprise rather than IT.
This would unite the enterprise in one coherent operation and development effort. The EA would be the collective cross enterprise design where everybody contributes to the same plan and goals, in synchronization. This architecture would enable people in the enterprise to do enterprise planning as a portfolio, would turn change reliable and ultimately, would make possible the implementation of strategy.
To guide the eforts toward the same goal one must have an overall method and framework rather than rely on the excellence of a single individual.
It is ironic though that with the advent of the IT cloud computing, the enterprise architect role will operate outside the IT, at least because the enterprise would employ outsourced, off-the-shelf business services, the technology of which is hidden in the cloud.