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7 enterprise architecture mistakes to avoid.

7 enterprise architecture mistakes to avoid

Disruptive times require resilient, forward-looking enterprise architecture. Don’t let a faulty framework ruin your organization’s ability to meet current and future objectives.

Enterprise architecture provides the foundation for successful business-IT initiatives. When properly designed and implemented, enterprise architecture will help business leaders achieve their goals, enabling the organization to become more responsive, efficient, and competitive.

Unfortunately, just a few common mistakes can keep an enterprise architecture from meeting its designers’ intended goals and objectives. In fact, a flawed enterprise architecture can, over time, send an enterprise in an entirely wrong direction.

When developing or updating your enterprise architecture, step back and make sure it isn’t falling into any of the following seven traps.

1. Misaligning EA efforts to business needs

Enterprise leaders may design a coherent, detailed architecture, but it won’t be successful over the long term unless it’s focused on real-world business needs.

Before planning begins, Ginna Raahauge, CIO at communications infrastructure services provider Zayo, suggests rounding up the enterprise’s most impactful use cases to pressure-test the existing enterprise architecture to discover potential leaks. Make sure the use cases are relevant, she advises. “If you’re having order accuracy challenges, [for example,] make sure to think through what’s causing this on the front- and back-end and how a change in the architecture could fix that.”...

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