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Do Enterprise Architects Manage Enterprises?

Blog: KWKeirstead's Blog

They do not.

The job of an Enterprise Architect is to identify methods, tools and platforms that allow:

  1. business planners within an Enterprise to build, sustain and augment competitive advantage,
  2. business managers within an Enterprise to achieve operational efficiencies and effectiveness,

and to confirm the implementation of said methods, tools and platforms.

What is Enterprise Architecture?

From the perspective of the Enterprise Architect, Enterprise Architecture is a practice, detailing the work that Enterprise Architects carry out or cause to carry out to produce Enterprise Architectures.

From the perspective of all others, an Enterprise Architecture is a deliverable.

Business Managers look to Enterprise Architects to provide them with platforms that provide easy access to context-situational appropriate methods and tools to manage businesses.

One set of methods, tools and a platform is required for business planners building competitive advantage, a second, different, set of methods, tools and platforms is required for operations managers seeking to achieve operational efficiencies and effectiveness.

Who delivers and provides ongoing support and maintenance for Enterprise Architecture?

Answer: IT Departments

Methods, Tools and Platforms for Business Planners

The goal of strategy building is to make good use of corporate assets/resources.

The objective is to sustain and augment Competitive Advantage.

Methods of choice include RBV (Resource Based View). Tools of choice include FOMM (Figure of Merit Matrices), ROI, SROI.

Methods, Tools and Platforms for Operations Managers

The goal of operations managers is to meet time, cost and performance criteria in the following three (3) business areas:

1) annual budget administration (i.e., “keeping the lights on”),

2) resolving problems,

3) exploiting opportunities.

The objective is to achieve efficiency and effectiveness of work.

Methods of choice include BPM (Business Process Management), CPM (Critical Path Method), RALB (Resource Allocation, Leveling and Balancing), FOMM (Figure of Merit Matrices) at an ACM (Adaptive Case Management) platform.

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