November 14, 2022
Aaron Tan Dani
Organisations utilise the Enterprise Architecture (EA) framework to synchronise their IT and business plans and achieve transformations. EA's main objective is to support organisation advancement so that business strategy may be successfully carried out. But because of a few misconceptions regarding EA that is surprisingly common, some organisations are reluctant to start or embark on the journey.

Enterprise Architecture is complex and difficult

Given the various aspects that influence the approach, it's not surprising that EA is sometimes perceived as being too complex and complicated. However, creating a procedure using EA governance as a tool can help to disseminate information on important cross-functional initiatives. This will lead to simplifying operations, reducing silos and removing redundancies.   Of course, there are specific factors that should be considered before developing this framework such as the culture, policies, strategic objectives and maturity. Even though there are various factors that go into developing EA making it seem complex, it can also result in organisational simplifications that can save time and money.

Not every organisation needs Enterprise Architecture

In order to remain competitive, every organisation is evolving into a technology firm. There are recent organisations that have incorporated this concept into their business models that ensure flexibility and agility.   For established organisations, or traditional organisations where it is delicate to navigate, it is important to utilize agility as part of the operational model in order to achieve transformation and respond to competitive threats. Comprehending and acquiring visibility in the business and IT connections and processes is a crucial factor in supporting strategic goals. With everything in place, EA can help to drive the transformation seamlessly.

Only IT departments use Enterprise Architecture

Business and executive leaders always mistakenly think that enterprise architecture is only pure IT and prefer to leave it to technology teams.However, the architecture of the enterprise is determined by the business activity and the purpose of EA is to provide necessary information for operational decision-making and to guide the company through the transformation route. Therefore, all lines of business are involved in this discipline.   The key goal of EA is to align business and technology by first understanding business strategy, then translating that business strategy into actionable initiatives that directly support the underlying business goals. EA is an alignment activity between what the business wants to do and how the technology will enable it currently, as well as in the future.
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