Enterprise Architecture Must Become Business Outcome-Driven to Deliver Value

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Click through for five types of deliverables that will help EA practitioners deliver business value from EA efforts, as identified by Gartner, Inc.

A disconnect remains between the way many organizations pursue enterprise architecture (EA) and the impact of EA on the business, which prevents EA from delivering business value, according to Gartner, Inc. EA practitioners need to re-examine old practices and shift their focus to deliverables that direct change and empower business and IT leaders to make better decisions.

“Focusing on a standard EA framework doesn’t work,” said Brian Burke, research vice president at Gartner. “In the past EA practitioners focused on deliverables that were useful to enterprise architects but not valuable to senior management and/or did not respond to a specific business or IT need.“

“We’ve witnessed a change in mind-set, execution and delivery of EA. The value of EA is not in simply ‘doing EA’, but rather in how it can help evolve the business and enable senior executives to respond to business threats and opportunities,” said Mr. Burke. “EA leaders must shift their focus to create actionable and measurable deliverables that address specific business outcomes and work with other business and IT disciplines such as business process management (BPM), program and portfolio management (PPM), business information (BI), finance and human resources to leverage their efforts and move to value-driven EA.”

Gartner has categorized five types of deliverables that will help EA practitioners deliver business value from EA efforts. “EA practitioners need to find the right balance of resource investment (time, energy and money) between all of these deliverables, while understanding that stakeholders only value actionable and measurable deliverables,” said Mr. Burke.

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