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Posted by Alex Cullen on November 28, 2011
To paraphrase a now-marginalized US political figure: “How you’all doing?”
Every year, Forrester’s Enterprise Architecture team looks at how enterprise architecture, as a practice and a function within business, is doing. We look at everything from how firms organize their EA programs, to where they are getting their support from, what roles exist within the EA team, completeness of architecture and the degree of standardization, expected technology change, and priorities and challenges. We ask the same questions year over year to discern any trends.
On December 9, we’ll be presenting the results of the 2011 State of Enterprise Architecture survey, compiling the inputs from 543 firms across North America, Europe, and Asia/PAC. (Note: this teleconference is for Forrester clients. A separate teleconference will be offered for non-client respondents to this survey.) A wide variety of industries are represented: financial services, manufacturing, retail, business services, and public sector. A few highlights:
These shifts, taken together, point to a broader change in the state of enterprise architecture – moving away from its roots as “the technology standards guys” to a more valuable business-focused and strategic role. Of course, for every organization and program making this change, almost as many are not. Progress is slow. Why?
How well do you think EA is doing in 2012? Do you see signs of this shift? Would you recommend EA as a career to your son or daughter?
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