Enterprise Architecture

Enterprise architecture (EA) is the process by which organizations standardize and organize IT infrastructure to align with business goals.

What is Enterprise Architecture?

Enterprise Architecture (EA) is an organizational model; an abstract representation of an Enterprise that aligns strategy, operations and technology to create a roadmap for success. There are many definitions of the word enterprise: in EA, an enterprise is a complex organization that is attempting to undergo change. –
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Enterprise architecture (EA) is concerned with the structures and behaviors of a business, especially business roles and processes that create and use business data. It has been defined as "a well-defined practice for conducting enterprise analysis, design, planning, and implementation, using a comprehensive approach at all times, for the successful development and execution of strategy. Enterprise architecture applies architecture principles and practices to guide organizations through the business, information, process, and technology changes necessary to execute their strategies. These practices utilize the various aspects of an enterprise to identify, motivate, and achieve these changes."

Practitioners of enterprise architecture, enterprise architects, are responsible for performing the analysis of business structure and processes and are often called upon to draw conclusions from the information collected to address the goals of enterprise architecture: effectiveness, efficiency, agility, and continuity of complex business operations.

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Agile Enterprise Frameworks:

See also

  • ITIL


  • Business perspective - Defines the processes and standards by which the business operates on a day-to-day basis
  • Application perspective - Defines the interactions among the processes and standards used by the organization
  • Information/data perspective - Defines and classifies the raw data (such as document files, databases, images, presentations, and spreadsheets) that the organization requires in order to efficiently operate
  • Technology perspective - Defines the hardware, operating systems, programming, and networking solutions used by the organization

EA Pillars:

Other roles:

  • Business Architect
  • System Architect
  • Digital Architect
  • CIO

… as a function:

  • Role vs Function - EA is a function???!?