Integrating Enterprise Architecture
May 2014 • Presentation
Presentation at SATURN 2014. This presentation presents a practical approach to implementing integrated enterprise architecture at a large organization. Specific tools, frameworks, and languages serve only as a context for this experience-based story.
Software Engineering Institute
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In the era when contributing to business value is the principal consideration of IT, large and distributed organizations face a challenge of understanding how their capabilities are realized and how they can synchronously evolve them in alignment with business strategy. Structured information coupled with efficient architecture processes sets the foundation by addressing several issues:
- Complex interdependent systems that evolved independently increase technical debt.
- Nonexistent, inconsistent, or scattered architecture descriptions make planning difficult and extend the delivery time of solutions.
- Unclear dependencies of business capabilities on technology lead to weak commitment to business goals.
The TOGAF, ArchiMate, and Sparx EA tools are cornerstones of Progressive's approach to integrated enterprise architecture. By leveraging existing systems-development life-cycle processes and architecture-governance structures, Progressive implemented elements of the TOGAF Architecture Development Method and established consistency in defining and reviewing target architectures. Investing in modeling skills and introducing standard building blocks for architecture models allow architects to describe the systems and capabilities in a uniform way that produces an overall view of the current and future states of the enterprise. This presentation presents a practical approach to implementing integrated enterprise architecture at a large organization. Specific tools, frameworks, and languages serve only as a context for this experience-based story.