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Different Types of Enterprise Architecture

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Enterprise Architecture (EA) is a comprehensive subject. Even with knowledge of methods like TOGAF, it can take several years of experience before a candidate can find a role as a fully-fledged ‘enterprise architect’, and it isn’t hard to see why.

Businesses are highly complex in terms of structure, and an enterprise architect needs to be able to read them like a book. They must be aware of elements to do with corporate strategy, technology, communications, outsourced services, stakeholder priorities, and more, not just for a business’s current ‘architecture’, but also for the state the business wants to reach in the future. An EA specialist will create a comprehensive picture of their employer, providing a level of clarity that drives optimization, decision-making, and, ultimately, value creation.

Enterprise architectures are typically made up of several different domains denoting various elements of a business. These include:


What about different enterprise architecture frameworks?

With a topic as old, expansive, and crucial as enterprise architecture, you’d be right to assume that there are several related frameworks to choose from. Most qualified enterprise architects will be qualified, or at least familiar with, several of them and will know precisely how to adapt them in order to suit individual organizations.

Broadly speaking, these frameworks fall into several categories. Two of the most well-known are:

In addition to TOGAF and Zachman, there are also several other well-known options:

There are also complementary frameworks, such as ArchiMate 3.0. This is a graphical language (also developed by The Open Group) that helps architects to create visual representations of architectures that are easier for non-architects to understand.

What kind of enterprise architecture is best for me?

Ultimately, the choice of what type of enterprise architecture to focus on really depends on the requirements of your organization. Frameworks vary in terms of complexity and purpose. If you simply want to be aware of the artifacts within your organization, Zachman may be an easy choice.

For a fully rounded and comprehensive approach, however, the best option would be the TOGAF framework. It has long set a standard in enterprise architecture and has the advantage of being adaptive enough to be suitable for businesses in virtually any industry or location.

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