Sunday, December 11, 2016

Recent Q&A on Enterprise Architecture

Here are my recent responses to questions on Enterprise Architecture asked by fellow EA's on Quora. Do keep the questions coming. I will try and respond here or on Quora or Linkedin Pulse


Question: When does enterprise architecture support TOGAF?

The question is unclear and the assumption is incorrect. Rather than Enterprise Architecture supporting TOGAF, it is the other way around. Simply put, TOGAF®is a framework, with tools and techniques that support and enable  an Enterprise Architecture. Also check out TOGAF®, an Open Group standardthat describes how:
“The TOGAF framework enables organizations to effectively address critical business needs by:
  • Ensuring that everyone speaks the same language
  • Avoiding lock-in to proprietary solutions by standardizing on open methods for Enterprise Architecture
  • Saving time and money, and utilize resources more effectively
  • Achieving demonstrable ROI”

Question: What should we look for in an enterprise architect?



Good question. What you will look for in an Enterprise Architect depends on your requirements and perspectives. A few examples include the following perspectives:
  • EA as a transformation leader - If your organization is embarking on a strategic transformation, you should be looking for an EA with a transformation background
  • Size of organization - Depending on the size of your organization, you may be looking for someone with a global or domain focused background. In global organizations, an EA is expected to take the “big picture” view
  • EA focused on a BIDAT specific focus - Again, depending on your requirement, you may also be looking for an EA focused on Business, Information Systems, Data, Application or Technology specific background.
  • EA in a consulting firm - Technology consulting firms hire people with EA background to help in pre-sales and in customer engagements.
Also check out my blog on the topic from a while ago : Musing on accidental Enterprise Architects and Enterprise Solutions Architect

Ping back with your requirement and I will be able to guide you better