Why to use Enterprise Architecture?

Well, I’ve decided to start this kind of “blog”, due to some lack on the understanding around this topic: Enterprise architecture. With some frequency (or not), my plan is to share what I have done in my current job / company, in addition with the “best practices” in the market. Let’s see…

Recently, I was working for some projects, and suddenly I realized something: The most part of the companies just don’t know what does an architect. And I am not talking about Enterprise Architects… Yet…

Well, one of the most common problems within the companies that are not driven by IT, is the gap between the business strategy and ourselves. It is, of course, make sense, based on the lack of understanding, normally seen on these companies. In These cases, IT is normally seen as cost center, only. And part of this responsability came from the Architecture.
The ROADMAP between these stages is the main role for an enterprise architecture.

However, the architects are seen as solution designers, mostly. It means that the overall capacity for these resources are restricted into a small part of the projects, once they are not considering the whole picture during these analysis.

A good architect is capable to oversee the portfolios (project, application, infra, processes, …) and understand the relationship between them, in order to prioritize, and guide the initiatives, to follow the best fit solution / roadmap for them. This is great, when we can re-use the standards already in place, and group the initiatives according to their objectives.

But, the changes on these mindsets starts within the architecture & architects. We have to provide this understanding to the stakeholders.

In my point of view, more than decide for some framework – like TOGAF, for example – we have to start to follow some main concepts, which I pointed out as most important. The first one, is the “objectives”.

Having these objectives in mind, the enterprise architect should be able to “translate” them into alternatives / analysis / roadmaps.

Keep it in mind!

In my next post, I will show you some “ways of working” about how to capture and translate these objectives into something tangible for the initiatives.

Thanks for reading!

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