Understanding the Goals of Enterprise Architecture Within a Business 1

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If you’ve ever felt your business is muddling along, then a lack of enterprise architecture could be your problem.

Over 60 percent of Fortune 500 companies use TOGAF frameworks to rationalize their architecture. Enterprise architecture can help a business marry its processes to its goals, transforming the operational structure of the company.

If you’re still not clear on what enterprise architecture can achieve, then let’s take a look at the goals of enterprise architecture within a business.

Implementing New Technology

The business and technology side of a company can often be best summarized by the phrase “never the twain shall meet”.

One of the chief goals of enterprise architecture is to rationalize the adoption of new technology for both the managers and the people in charge of delivering new technology. These often work to opposite goals, so an enterprise framework can establish common ground.

Automating Essential Processes

Your business repeats a certain set of actions every day. That’s a fact, whether you’re in retail, manufacturing, or anything in between.

Each of these essential processes has scope for The Way We’ve Always Done It Syndrome. Your business loses out on operational gains to the inertia of existing processes.

An enterprise architecture framework shakes those cobwebs loose to discover where a business can gain efficiency through automating essential processes.

Supporting Business Growth

Growth is a risky time for a business. It’s when a company’s finances are most unpredictable, and puts a strain on its essential technology systems.

For a company to make it through growth, it needs to grow in proportion. To do that, the company needs to understand its own processes, providing support to those most strained and providing room for others yet to grow.

The principles contained in a TOGAF® 9.2 Course can provide a roadmap of sorts for the growing business and keep the company connected even as it grows outward.

Budget Control

A runaway budget is a recipe for disaster in any business. Business finances are the absolute fundamental that your business can’t afford to get wrong.

But many businesses fail through lacking a framework to understand their spend. Without EA frameworks in place, a business can pull itself to pieces through a lack of internal knowledge.

One of the goals of enterprise architecture is to provide structure to the business budget, allocating where it makes the most sense and controlling runaway spend in other areas.

Risk Management

In many ways, a business isn’t so different from a night at the gambling table. Success lies in managing risk to ensure you recoup more than you lose to investment.

But sometimes a company can fail to risks it never saw coming. With an EAF in place, a company can better understand the risks it faces every day, creating processes to protect against risk, provide redundancy, and steer the company through turbulent waters.

The Goals of Enterprise Architecture Explained

This breakdown of enterprise architecture goals should show you why it can and does play a key role in a company’s operational success. It could be the beginning of a redefined and reinvigorated company.

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