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Enterprise Architecture Governance is a business function

I agree with Andy Blumenthal in his blog IT Governance and Enterprise Architecture that EA governance (and all forms of IT governance) should be integrated into a unified structure that ultimately reports into an overall business controlled IT board that controls all “think”, “build” and “run” investment.

There is a key point is that all communication from the EA board must be in business terms i.e. relevant, easy to understand and accessible - "user centric"  to use Andy's definition. The EA board will lose credibility if it is seen as a technical control body or worse a talking shop. It must be seen as a vital business control function that ensures IT supports the business mission, vision, strategy, and goals.

In the minds of many business people, data management, interoperability, technology standardization, security, and other issues that architects look at are arcane and possibly irrelevant distractions that IT should look after under the covers. In presenting EA issues and recommendations to the IT board, we need to bring these items to life by using business language and explain how we are supporting business goals.

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Reader Comments (4)

Alan -

Thanks for mentioning my blog.

I agree with you on using business language and tieing what we do to business goals.



September 4, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterAndy Blumenthal

We really need to think hard why folks from the IT side still need to make so much effort, almost unilaterally, to convince the business side, including such what is a business function and what is not?

September 18, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterBen


I agree with you that "we need to bring these items to life by using business language and explain how we are supporting business goals."

You and Andy make a good point here, trying to get IT and the Business to talk the same language is paramount.

In my experience the traditional EA frameworks like Zachman, TOGAF and DoDaf still need to be translated into something the business can quickly understand.

You may be interested to read my thoughts about this here.

September 20, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterPaul Wallis

I agree with your assertion. The biggest inhibitor is the lack of available tools to support both governance and methodologies. Any suggestions?

Steve Ross-Talbot

November 26, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterSteve Ross-Talbot

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