Deriving Enterprise Architectures >>
For maximum benefits, an enterprise architecture (EA) should be consciously “derived” to meet explicit business objectives. It should contain objective criteria to allow unambiguous measurement of its effectiveness and consider input from all stakeholders.To help architects and architecture groups derive an optimal EA, this white paper presents a proven, five-step methodology consisting of (1) defining objectives and constraints; (2) enumerating solution components; (3) defining the architecture; (4) implementing the architecture; and (5) monitoring, maintaining and improving the architecture. An architecture so derived and managed will help ensure that business objectives are achieved. Clear objectives will facilitate architecture enhancements when objectives or conditions change.