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Enterprise Architecture - How it justifies its cost

  • Enterprise ArchitectureEnterprise Architecture is an asset - one invests in an asset to enable one to do something that one would otherwise be unable to do
  • Alignment - Enterprise Architecture promotes alignment. Systems must align/match with management's intentions for the enterprise (TQM).
  • Integration - Enterprise Architecture integrates information. As soon as the same information is available to everyone in the enterprise at the same time, the power will shift to everyone in the enterprise, including the customer so that the Enterprise becomes market-driven. Data must mean the same thing to everyone in the enterprise if empowerment is to be successful and is to function in a knowledge-based society. Also, business rules must be consistent across the enterprise (like standard interchangeable parts)
  • Change - Enterprise Architecture creates agility for change. Descriptive representations of any object constitute the base-line for managing change to that object over time while minimising time, disruption and cost.
  • Reduced Time-to-Market - Enterprise Architecture reduces time-to-market. Decrease the time it takes to produce an implementation from the time you receive the order. The components have to be engineered such that they (the appropriate components) can be assembled into more than one implementation anywhere in the enterprise. Architecture provides for an "assemble to order" strategy (mass customisation).
 

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