It’s easy to talk the buzzword-talk around innovation, disruption, and staying ahead of the curve. But any organization, from local government to global media companies, that wants to actualize their future goals has to be talking about the maturity of their Enterprise Architecture.
Already in-the-know about this topic? Head to the Maturity Assessment calculator and use a few minutes to find out where your EA efforts rank:
Depending on the size and nature of your business, you might not even label this facet of your efforts “Enterprise Architecture” (“planning and execution,” “asset governance,” “our never-ending vortex of IT estate management.”)
Regardless of where you are in your EA journey, the whole industry is being disrupted (in the genuine, tangible sense of the word). Many of your peers or competitors are going beyond looking at how EA can benefit business to where are we not seeing a benefit, and let’s fill that gap.
The good news is that this is not a journey where historical efforts are necessarily a benefit. With the right tools and know-how, you can go from “Which apps do we have and how much do they cost?” to “How can we use data, automation, and visual storytelling to plan, prepare and predict multiple futures.” (Yes, really).
Here, we’re referring to a whole new way of measuring maturity (beyond the traditional EA measures of before).
Get your hands on the Updated 2020: New Rules of EA to get the full overview of how EA will be measured up from now.
How Mature EA Will Take You Where You Need to Go
Traditionally, EA has been mostly isolated within IT systems purely to serve operations, map your apps, and the like. But this doesn’t have to be (or arguably shouldn’t be) the case.
EA can be a major asset, helping align IT and business strategy, extract additional value from your infrastructure and investments and stay one step ahead of the competition.
Mature EA teams are an integral aspect of the business, enabling you to:
🚀Fully align IT with strategy to reach critical business goals.
🚀Increase operational agility to meet the challenges of the future.
🚀Increase agile development with a low-risk, experiment-driven approach to change - where EA is an enabler of agility and innovation, not an inhibitor.
🚀Increase collaboration, knowledge sharing, and creative new ways to use data.
We’re not in the business of making lofty claims based on theory. These are very real examples of how some progressive organizations are using EA today.
This all sounds great, but how do we get there? What are the markers of a mature EA team?
A Mature EA Team and Responsibilities
EA that’s still finding its feet: Responsibility is probably shared among the IT team, following traditional models and existing in a silo.
🎯Mature EA: Experimenters and adapters, this team is fully aligned with overall business strategy, with an agile approach that allows adoption of roles and responsibilities across the ecosystem as and when required.
Better Situational Awareness
EA that’s still finding its feet: Still using lots of manual tools (looking at you Excel) without much real-time insight. Lots of mapping, not a lot of opportunities to tell the value story around it.
🎯Mature EA: Analytics allows you to measure the market and operational trends, performance projections, and alignment with business drivers. This information can be integrated with your architecture and used to inform its evolution.
The Power to Prioritize Initiatives
EA that’s still finding its feet: Minimizing risk and disruption is the ultimate focus (and energy drain) even at the cost of pursuing new and better technologies in the organization.
🎯Mature EA: An agile approach with advanced insights allows for experimentation that is low-risk, measured, and confidently aligned with business goals.
It’s All About the Execution
EA that’s still finding its feet: The burden of risk avoidance means every problem or suggestion needs to be justified - sometimes multiple times.
🎯Mature EA: Transparency, analysis, and common understanding enable you to bring insights not just to IT or operational strategy, but the whole business strategy.
Your EA team becomes the holy grail of knowledge.
How Do Your EA Efforts Measure Up?
These are just a few of the ways mature EA can be felt within organizations and of course most teams are on a spectrum between one side or the other.
Find out where your EA efforts score and get a detailed report on all these different areas (and more) by using a few minutes to fill out the EA Maturity Calculator:
Ruth is Head of Content at Ardoq, working in the Product Marketing team to carve a better story about the future of EA. Originally from England, Ruth has spent the last six years building a name for herself in Oslo as a passionate communications nerd and digital marketer - and has increased tea consumption at Ardoq HQ tenfold.