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Develop an Enterprise Architecture Strategy

Develop a strategy that fits the organization’s maturity and remains adaptable to unforeseen future changes.

  • The enterprise architecture (EA) team is constantly challenged to articulate the value of its function.
  • The CIO has asked the Enterprise Architecture team to help articulate the business value the team brings.
  • Traceability from the business goals and vision to the EA contributions often does not exist.
  • Also, clients often struggle with complexity, priorities, and agile execution.

Our Advice

Critical Insight

  • EA can deliver many benefits to an organization. However, to increase the likelihood of success, the EA group needs to deliver value to the business and cannot be seen solely as IT.
  • Support from the organization is needed.
  • An EA strategy anchored in a value proposition will ensure that EA focuses on driving the most critical outcomes in support of the organization’s enterprise strategy.
  • As agility is not just for project execution, architects need to understand ways to deliver their guidance to influence project execution in real time, to enable the enterprise agility, and to enhance their responsiveness to changing conditions.

Impact and Result

  • Create an EA value proposition based on enterprise needs that clearly articulates the expected contributions of the EA function.
  • Establish the EA fundamentals (vision and mission statement, goals and objectives, and principles) needed to position the EA function to deliver the promised value proposition.
  • Identify the services that EA has to provide to the organization to deliver on the promised value proposition.

Develop an Enterprise Architecture Strategy Research & Tools

1. Design an Enterprise Architecture Strategy Deck – A guide to help you define services that your EA function will provide to the organization.

Establish an effective EA function that will realize value for the organization with an EA strategy.

An EA strategy is the first step to creating an effective EA function; only by first demonstrating the value of EA to organizational stakeholders can the EA function operate to generate value.

2. EA Function Strategy Template – A communication tool to secure the approval of the EA strategy from organizational stakeholders.

Use this template to document the outputs of the EA strategy and to communicate the EA strategy for approval by stakeholders.

3. Stakeholder Power Map Template – A template to help visualize the importance of various stakeholders and their concerns.

Identify and prioritize the stakeholders that are important to your IT strategy development effort.

4. PESTLE Analysis Template – A template to help you complete and document a PESTLE analysis.

Use this template to analyze the effect of external factors on IT.

5. EA Value Proposition Template – A template to communicate the value EA can provide to the organization.

Use this template to create an EA value proposition that explicitly communicates to stakeholders how an EA function can contribute to addressing their needs.

6. EA Goals and Objectives Template – A template to identify the EA goals that support the identified promises of value from the EA value proposition.

Use this template to help set goals for your EA function based on the EA value proposition and identify objectives to measure the progression towards those EA goals.

7. EA Principles Template – A template to identify the universal EA principles relevant to your organization.

Use this template to define relevant universal EA principles and create new EA principles to guide and inform IT investment decisions.

8. EA Service Planning Tool – A template to identify the EA services your organization will provide to deliver on the EA value proposition.

Use this template to identify the EA services relevant to your organization and then define how those services will be accessed.


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$21,077


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Cross Country Mortgage, Inc.

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The Government of the Northwest Territories

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Dar Al Handasah Consultants Shair & Partners Holdings Ltd.

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10/10

$21,699

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Delta Dental Plan of New Jersey

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$2,479

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Surgical Care Affiliates

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Delta Dental Plan of New Jersey

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9/10

$30,999

50

Ledcor Industries Inc.

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Afreximbank

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10/10

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10

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State of Wyoming

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9/10

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Omya (Schweiz) AG

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Dar Al Handasah Consultants Shair & Partners Holdings Ltd.

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10/10

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Social Security Administration

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10/10

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Baylor College of Medicine

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8/10

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Cascades, Centre des Technologies

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Agriculture Financial Services Corporation

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Mueller, Inc.

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Onsite Workshop: Develop an Enterprise Architecture Strategy

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Module 1: Map the EA Contributions to Business Goals

The Purpose

Show an example of traceability.

Key Benefits Achieved

Members have a real-world example of traceability between business goals and EA contributions.

Activities

Outputs

1.1

Start from the business goals of the organization.

  • Business goals documented.
1.2

Document business and IT drivers.

  • Business and IT drivers documented.
1.3

Identify EA contributions that help achieve the business goals.

  • Identified EA contributions and traced them to business goals.

Module 2: Determine the Role of the Architect in the Agile Ceremonies of the Organization

The Purpose

Create an understanding about role of architect in Agile ceremonies.

Key Benefits Achieved

Understanding of the role of the EA architect in Agile ceremonies.

Activities

Outputs

2.1

Document the Agile ceremony used in the organization (based on SAFe or other Agile approaches).

  • Documented the Agile ceremonial used in the organization (based on SAFe or other Agile approaches).
2.2

Determine which ceremonies the system architect will participate in.

  • Determined which ceremonies the system architect will participate in.
2.3

Determine which ceremonies the solution architect will participate in.

  • Determined which ceremonies the solution architect will participate in.
2.4

Determine which ceremonies the enterprise architect will participate in.

  • Determined which ceremonies the enterprise architect will participate in.
2.5

Determine architect syncs, etc.

  • Determined architect syncs, etc.

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Member Rating

9.3/10
Overall Impact

$21,077
Average $ Saved

18
Average Days Saved

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Guided Implementation #1 - Explore the role of enterprise architecture
  • Call #1 - Explore the role of EA in your organization.

Guided Implementation #2 - Create the value proposition
  • Call #1 - Identify and prioritize stakeholders.
  • Call #2 - Use a PESTLE analysis to identify business and technology needs.
  • Call #3 - Prepare for stakeholder interviews.
  • Call #4 - Discuss your EA value proposition.

Guided Implementation #3 - Build the EA fundamentals
  • Call #1 - Understand the importance of EA fundamentals.
  • Call #2 - Define the relevant EA services and their contributions to the organization.
  • Call #3 - Measure EA effectiveness.

Guided Implementation #4 - Design the EA services
  • Call #1 - Build your EA roadmap and communication plan.
  • Call #2 - Discuss the EA role relative to agility.
  • Call #3 - Summarize results and plan next steps.

Author

Milena Litoiu

Contributors

  • Lan Nguyen, IT Executive, Mentor, Managing Partner at CIOs Beyond Borders Group
  • Wayne Filin-Matthews, Chief Enterprise Architect, ICMG Winner of Global Chief Enterprise Architect of the Year 2019
  • Graham Smith, Experienced lead Enterprise Architect and Independent Consultant
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