The effective management and use of information through IT is a key factor in succesful leading businesses. An enterprise architecture addresses this requirement by providing a strategic context for the evolution of the IT system in response to the constantly changing needs of the business environment.
A good Enterprise Architecture achieves the right balance between IT efficiency and business innovation. It both allows business units to innovate while maintaining an integrated and cohesive IT strategy enabling the closets possible synergy across the extended enterprise.
What are the business benefits?
A good Enterprise Architecture will contribute to the profitability of the business / organisation in the following ways:
- A more efficient business operation
- Lower business operating costs
- A more agile business
- Capabilities will be shared across the business
- Lower change management costs
- A more flexible workforce
- Improved business productivity
- More efficient IT operation:
- Lower software development, support and maintenance costs
- Increased portability of applications
- Improved interoperability and easier system and network management
- Improved ability to address critical enterprise -wide issues like security (and data protection)
- Easier upgrade and exchange of system components
- Better return on existing investments and reduced risk for future investments
- Reduced complexity in the business and IT
- Maximum ROI in existing business and IT infrastructure
- The flexibility to make, buy or out source business and IT solutions
- Reduced risk overall in new investments and their cost of ownership
- Faster, simpler and cheaper procurement
- Buying decisions are simpler because the information governing procurement is readily available in a coherent plan
- The procurement process is faster – this maximises procurement speed and flexibility without sacrificing architectural coherence
- The ability to procure heterogeneous multi-vendor open systems
- The ability to secure more economic capabilities.