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Posted by Alex Cullen on October 8, 2012
In Forrester’s EA Practice Playbook, we describe high-performance enterprise architecture programs as “business-focused, strategic, and pragmatic.” They are business-focused so that the direction and guidance EA provides has clear business relevance and value. They are strategic because the greatest value EA brings is to help its business to achieve its business strategies. They are pragmatic because, well, the path to strategy is never straight, and EA teams who aren’t agile in their approach get pushed aside.
This year’s InfoWorld/Forrester EA Awards program used this theme to find and recognize our 2012 winners:
One winning submission, National Grid, said it best:
“. . . reposition the perception of EA within IS and in the business, away from being the ‘traffic warden’ governing against technical standards to being the ‘travel agent’ helping to set a direction and planning the journey.”
For a summary of each winning EA program submission, visit the InfoWorld Enterprise Architecture Award website.
I want to congratulate these five winning EA programs as well as their sponsors, managers, and staff, for putting together programs we can learn from.
I also want to extend a special thanks to our judges for their time wading through pages of documentation and slides: Eric Meredith, VP, Enterprise Architecture Governance, PNC Bank; Trekker Armstrong, Director, Planning and Enterprise Architecture, TransCanada Pipeline; David Prior, Head of Enterprise Architecture Center of Excellence, GlaxoSmithKline; and Con Kenney, Senior Research Fellow, National Defense University.
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