Enterprise Architecture facilitates the pursuit of the enterprise strategic priorities, considering people, process, information and technology. It uses digital representations of the enterprise to understand its current and target states, and to plan its transition over time. It involves a coordinated interdisciplinary community, sharing a common platform for collaboration and exchange.
An organisation undergoes continuous change. The discipline of Enterprise Architectre seeks to minimise the unforeseen disruption that results from implementing change with inadequate understanding of the consequences. It is the guiding hand that translates strategy to reality, minimising watsted investment and unnecessary complexity, resulting in vital responsiveness.
Architecture Services fall into two interconnected lifecycles:
- Enterprise Architecture: This is the corporate planning / change lifecycle, and is often tightly integrated with the corporate finance and budgeting cycle. In fast-moving industries and businesses that have adopted an agile approach to continuous change, it might run quarterly within a larger annual financial cycle. In others, it is more closely integrated with the annual finance and budgeting life-cycle. Either way, architecture acts as the bridge between strategy and implementation, shaping prioritisation and the allocation of resources, executing changes to business services and solutions and feeding the results into the next iteration of the cycle.
- Solution Architecture: this cycle typically runs in parallel, distributed across all change initiatives, projects, programmes or product teams. It is the implementation arm of Enterprise Architecture. Without it, Enterprise Architecture is reduced to an ivory tower function that produces plans that might never become a reality. With it, the organisation ensures that different change teams are all “singing from the same hymn sheet”, contributing to a unified corporate vision. The solution architecture cycle supports agile and traditional implementation approaches.
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