Quick Thought: What Is Enterprise Architecture?

Enterprise architecture encapsulates Anant’s main practice areas – but what is EA, exactly? This Computerworld UK article helps to clarify what EA is and define what it isn’t.

As Computerworld notes, EA exists to unify computing systems across a company. With the extraordinarily complex systems that today’s enterprises have in place, the news site argues, EA is practically a necessity – and because it enables both scalability and flexibility, it’s a must for any firm that sees itself growing in the future.

In addition, successful EA implementation involves much more than just technology: It requires close consultation with the people who actually interact with IT systems in their jobs. “The early part of the EA process,” Computerworld suggests, “must principally comprise workshops and one-on-one interviews with the business users of IT.”

Finally, Computerworld says, EA is suitable for companies of all sizes (and not just Fortune 500 corporations). By laying out their IT footprint with EA principles in mind, businesses can limit IT complexity and – in so doing – develop a competitive advantage over their larger, less-wieldy peers.

EA, then, is more than a buzzword – it’s a principle of organization that can redefine how systems interact within a company and the role that IT serves. We at Anant are eager about what EA means for enterprise development, and you should be, too!

Have anything to add to Computerworld’s points? Are you an IT practitioner with experience in EA (or small business IT)? Feel free to join the conversation in the comments section!

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