Enterprise Architecture Integration
Enterprise architecture is to an enterprise, as architecture is to a building. Enterprise Architecture Planning is invaluable to any organization, regardless of size. They can help improve asset productivity and lower costs. In its most general sense, enterprise architecture is the master blueprint from which information technology can enable high performance. A well-planned enterprise architecture integrates IT with business capabilities and goals to provide an integrated operating environment that supports the drive to achieve high performance. An established enterprise architecture also plays a critical role when operational and budget constraints are present. It ensures that incremental, disparate improvements to the IT systems are chosen and performed in such a way as to contribute to overall corporate effectiveness. Enterprise architecture planning, therefore ensures that an organization's strategic goal, operational goals and IT goals are perfectly aligned.
The primary purpose of Enterprise Architecture must be to facilitate rapid change in the:
- Organization's business processes
- Data and Information
- Applications and Technical infrastructure that support them
- A track record of having successfully developed and implemented solutions that have had major impact on bottom line
Enterprise Architecture can be a valuable management tool to address important enterprise-wide concerns, such as:
- Assessing the impact of business changes
- Aligning long-range business plans with system plans
- Focusing on the strategic use of technology
SaaS Leaders believes that Enterprise architecture planning is an exercise that every organization needs to undertake to ensue that the returns on IT assets are optimized. SaaS Leaders team of management consultants are trained on the Zachman Framework for Enterprise Architecture, which has become the generally accepted model around which major organizations view and communicate their enterprise information infrastructure. The Zachman Framework draws upon the discipline of classical architecture to establish a common vocabulary and set of perspectives, a framework, for defining and describing today's complex enterprise systems. Enterprise Architecture provides the blueprint, or architecture, for the organization's information infrastructure.
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