For decades, corporate executives and department managers have complained about the frequent budget overruns and schedule delays of complex IT business planning and transformation projects. The fact that these costly undertakings often fall short of providing the expected business objectives only serves to increase their frustration. Underlying causes include the complexities of modern organizations, intricacy and size of applications, as well as miscommunication between business, operational and IT experts who each speak their own jargon. And the moving target of evolving business services and technologies only exacerbates the situation.
Focusing on an enterprise architecture perspective has emerged as an effective way to surmount these obstacles. As a business driven approach, this perspective encompasses the broader relationships between business strategy and processes, as well as the supporting information systems, data and IT infrastructure.
This paper provides an overview of the enterprise architecture concept and highlights how an actionable enterprise architecture approach from IBM can help organizations progress EA from the ivory tower to the front lines of decision making.
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