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May 24 2012   3:32PM GMT

Gartner: Only business-driven EA will deliver value

Jack Vaughan Jack Vaughan Profile: Jack Vaughan

According to Gartner, a host of factors—ranging from cloud and social to big data and mobile technologies—are altering the EA landscape. As a result of those changes, enterprise architects may have more opportunity to deliver business value from EA than ever before. Analysts expanded on the notion this week in National Harbor, Md., at the Gartner Enterprise Architecture Summit 2012.

Ahead of the conferences, Gartner identified five categories of “deliverables” that it said will help EA practitioners do just that. Those types of deliverables must be: measurable, actionable, diagnostic, enabling and operational.

Respectively, these traits are said to measure the direct impact of EA on business; drive change and action; include models, requirements and analysis tools; collect information to provide input to diagnostic deliverables; and help define, communicate and run EA programs.

“Focusing on standard EA framework doesn’t work,” Brian Burke, a research vice president at Gartner, explained in a statement. “In the past EA practitioners focused on deliverables that were useful to enterprise architects but not valuable to senior management and/or did not respond to a specific business or IT need.”
Today, says Gartner, many organizations remain tied to traditional EA frameworks that no longer leverage the best opportunities to deliver business value. The research group sees a gap between the way companies pursue EA and the impact of EA on the business itself.

Gartner tells enterprise architects re-evaluate out-dated practices, instead shifting focus to efforts that empower business and IT leaders to make business outcome-driven decisions. – Stephanie Mann

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