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What is Enterprise Architecture: Benefits and Frameworks

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Your workers could find it challenging to communicate, set up effective procedures, and align projects with business strategy if your organization hasn’t used enterprise architecture to map out the links between information, business, and technology.

A competent enterprise architect will be able to envision, create, and manage a system that is user-friendly, adaptable to the demands of many departments, and able to develop with the firm.

Enterprise Architecture: What Is It?

Enterprise architecture is a thorough and strategic roadmap for how IT infrastructure will be utilized across a business to support its objectives.

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According to the industry group Enterprise Architecture Center of Excellence (EACOE), this blueprint may assist a firm in creating a precise framework for the technological options, rules, and guidelines it will employ to match IT activities with its corporate goals.

Indeed, the EACOE describes enterprise architecture from two interrelated angles: from an IT and a business viewpoint.

Enterprise architecture, as seen from an IT viewpoint, is the prioritization of several activities and IT roadmaps to determine how a business will utilize technology. This is done to streamline processes and inform stakeholders about the plans.

From a business standpoint, enterprise architecture reveals how a company may accomplish its objectives by developing several engineering models and projects that are simple to comprehend for all parties involved with the company.

Advantages of Enterprise Architecture

There are many possible applications for enterprise architecture, making it a diverse discipline. Benefits are heavily influenced by what a company decides to do with its EA practice. Enterprise architecture services are mostly used to promote digital transformation. The use of EA makes it feasible to develop short- and long-term roadmaps, evaluate the effects of changes, collect stakeholder opinions, and carry out the change. EA will generally improve a company’s agility, ability to respond swiftly to unforeseen occurrences, and shock tolerance. Business success depends on digital transformation, which is also essential for gaining a competitive edge.

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A comprehensive perspective of the organization’s existing structural condition provided by enterprise architecture makes it easy to determine where changes should be made and their effects. To adapt to the ever-changing demands of the business environment, architects may demonstrate the solutions available for adjustment or improvement. A divide between the company and IT might often exist, preventing change, but EA aids in bringing the two together for effective digitalization. EA also enables firms to recognize restrictions and constraints brought about by enterprise structure, which may subsequently be removed to facilitate transformational activities.

What Are the Typical Frameworks for Designing Enterprise Architecture?


Enterprise architecture is seen as a life cycle rather than a single modeling event in The Open Group’s Architecture Framework (TOGAF).

The Architectural Development Process is supported by a set of tools from The Open Group (ADM). Professional users enjoy these tools in general. It is backed by a wide range of Fortune 1000 organizations, and as a result, it is often updated to reflect changing commercial trends. The most popular enterprise architectural framework in use today in the industry is a requirements-based framework that distinguishes between business, systems, data, and technology demands.

Learn more about enterprise architecture and frameworks:

Zachman Framework

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John Zachman, one of the founders of enterprise architecture, gave this method its name.

The Zachman Framework for enterprise architecture refers to itself as a taxonomy or metamodel rather than a technique. By comprehending how an organization’s many stakeholders and their viewpoints on several focus areas come together to produce the company’s IT architecture, it is possible to grasp an organization at a basic level.

Federal Enterprise Architecture framework

The United States Federal Government created this framework. Several organizations and government bodies utilize it to organize themselves. It combines the Zachman framework with the TOGAF. The framework employs five reference models to decide how enterprise architecture should be installed.


A firm cannot afford to have its IT department function in isolation from the rest of the business in light of the current rate of change brought on by new technologies, shifting markets, and evolving consumer preferences.

Due to these and the other factors mentioned above, enterprise architecture planning need to be a top concern for all contemporary businesses.


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