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Posted by Gene Leganza on July 19, 2012
As the pace of change continues to accelerate in an increasingly complex business environment, organizations need to thoroughly understand how their business operates and plan the technology-fueled business transformation they'll need in the future. Establishing this understanding and enabling the transition to the future state have always been the concerns of enterprise architecture programs, and EA has emerged as a critical practice for managing an enterprise's evolution.
But EA programs have existed for more than a decade, and most of them have fallen short of these lofty goals. Why? Old-school EA has been too tactical, too technology-centric, or too disengaged from business priorities to have significant impact. Enterprises need a high-performance approach to EA that is laser-focused on driving business outcomes. To plan their future, organizations have the following alternatives:
The EA program must become the connective layer between technology and business that guides planning, decision-making, innovation, and governance activities. In the high-performance EA program:
While staying true to the classic EA goals of a long-term focus and cross-silo, enterprisewide perspective, Forrester's EA Practice Playbook, our programmatic framework to take you from starting your practice to ensuring its ongoing contributions to the business, provides the flexibility to accommodate varying levels of resource commitment and the political, historical, and cultural obstacles that EA programs often face. Start with our Executive Overview, which will be your guide to the various modules in the playbook.
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