The New Principles of Enterprise Architecture

11 Jul 2023

by Ardoq

The principles of Enterprise Architecture are changing, with progressive businesses already harnessing a better way of bridging the gap between strategy and IT. Principles can provide a confident picture of where you are now, and where you need to be for multiple potential futures.

How is Enterprise Architecture changing from a somewhat isolated IT function to a data-driven, agile, and trusted source of truth? We’ll take you through how the new principles of Enterprise Architecture are changing the way business decisions are being made and how your organization can tell a confident and triumphant story in the future.

Enterprise Architecture (EA) has pretty much existed inside a black box for anyone working outside of EA or IT teams. Understandably, many do not confidently know what EA is or how it serves their organization. This isolates not only the value proposition of an Enterprise Architecture function, but also blocks potential data points. Since engagement is critical for sufficient information gathering, EAs and anyone working in business or IT architecture need to be able to communicate to others the importance of collaboration. If you struggle to get sponsorship for your initiatives or get the right data and buy-in from your stakeholders, you may be stuck in a black box. 

Knowing how to communicate the value of Enterprise Architecture has become a critical part of getting projects off the ground and having those projects succeed in bringing value in new ways than before.  A good starting point may be to ask yourself:  

  • What it can effective communication from the EA team achieve for your organization?
  • How can we communicate this effectively? 
  • What does our story look like today, but what do we want our story to be? 

The covid pandemic showed us that agility, flexibility, and collaboration in your business and in your EA practice have never been more critical. To serve this, the core principles of Enterprise Architecture and the scope of value it can bring are changing.

Enterprise Architecture is no longer a black box within the business. It is poised to bridge the gap between business and IT, drive confident strategy-aligned decisions and prepare your organization for multiple futures. Here’s how:


The New Principles of Enterprise Architecture

Our updated version of The New Rules of Enterprise Architecture outlines the seven principles of Enterprise Architecture that will help future-proof your organization and is updated for today’s landscape--including how AI fits into the picture. Businesses need to have a confident, data-driven overview of their IT application portfolio, where to save, and where to invest. Which, to do right, is no minor task for any EA team.Principles of Enterprise Architecture

The new principles of Enterprise Architecture are about going beyond seeing your current state and (critical) foundational application rationalization and being able to get you to where your business needs to be by:

  • Getting Enterprise Architecture into the wider organization
  • Aligning with the real business problems being faced today
  • Foreseeing what real business issues the organization might face tomorrow
  • Going beyond governance to strong, cross-functional collaboration
  • Turning your data insight into action
  • Preparing for the future using agility, automation, and flexible tooling

Progressive EA teams are already embracing these principles of Enterprise Architecture, and are bringing about strong success stories for the future of their organizations. 

See the other fundamental principles of Enterprise Architecture and how “New EA” can future-proof your business with a complimentary copy of The 7 New Rules of Enterprise Architecture.

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