WHY is EA broken?
Blog: Brian's Blog - Enterprise Strategy, Architecture and Management
Responding to my colleague Neil Rerup from his post yesterday:
EA has never been broken as it was never working to start with. EA was a metaphor applied to a discipline that is still emerging. The problem however is that EA was assigned by default to IT function (MIS when it was originally developed) due to its origins. Years later the discipline is still maturing however, EA still does not have the right home or sponsors that understand the metaphor.
If we fully implemented the metaphor the EA Function would have specialists –like dwelling architecture practices that have HVAC, Electrical, Plumbing, etc.– in all the aspects of enterprise design (e.g., Organizational Design, Finance, IT, Marketing, Strategy, etc.) reporting to a chief architecture officer that directly reports to the CEO (The Client) who with the rest of his direct reports defines how the desired enterprise should be within the constraints they have. Its up to the EA function to advise, offer alternatives, and implement such designs once directed. Hmm sounds like a real architecture practice.
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