Some interesting numbers from Gartner's UK office regarding the future of enterprise architecture: The firm predicts that within three years, upwards of 40 percent of the initiatives currently under way will be scrapped due to poor execution.
Most at risk are programs that are viewed as strictly engineering projects, such as integrated ERP and CRM systems, rather than an ongoing process designed to adapt to changing business conditions.
Gartner says that for an architectural change to be truly embedded within an enterprise, it needs three things: support for change across programs, business units and even companies; a focus on serving workers internally and externally, rather than simply installing new hardware and software; and an effective set of metrics designed to gauge financial efficiency and business effectiveness.
The way to do it right is to canvas all the stakeholders in the enterprise -- users, management, investors -- to determine the best way to ensure architectural changes improve the bottom line.
Gartner will no doubt expand on its philosophy at its Enterprise Architecture Summit in London September 26 and 27.