Enterprise Business Architecture: The Formal Link between Strategy and Results

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How do you feel after reading the business section of the newspaper or your favorite business publication? You read that some companies are thriving; that others are in a state of chaos and you wonder, are these “the best of times, or the worst of times!” The enterprise is not about chaos and “the worst of times”; it’s about connectivity, and causality, and understanding those relationships to both internal and external factors that lead to “the best of times.” This connectivity, causality, and understanding are found in an architecture of the business, a unifying structure which enables the execution of the strategy through its initiatives to achieve results. Without knowing this, it is fair to perceive the enterprise as chaotic and unpredictable.

At times the enterprise seems “out of control”, awash in the daily chaos of quick fixes to problems that eventually degrade process efficiency, cloud initiative effectiveness, affect product quality, render poor customer service, and ultimately wipe out profits. To get “in control”, you must “design control” into the enterprise and not let it suffer the consequences of unaligned functional management. Either you control the enterprise as a natural extension of your vision and strategy with the Enterprise Business Architecture, or the enterprise controls you through unpredictable chaotic events.

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