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Enterprise Architecture under pressure to move out of IT sphere

Enterprise architecture needs to be seen as a part of business decision making, not just IT say professionals

At the Enterprise Architecture Conference today in London, experts in the field stressed the need for enterprise architecture to move away from being considered part of the IT section of an enterprise and instead become part of general business decision making.

Enterprise architecture refers to the mechanism of studying a business to discern its working processes, and then creating a model of the entire organization to provide comprehensive information for decision makers.

Tim Shoubridge, global head of enterprise architecture at fleet specialists Leaseplan describes the situation: “One of the things we have traditionally looked at is projects. What we have done is over the last nine months is start to change that language. We’re moving it now from projects and programmes to investments. That’s changing the mindsets. Along with investments, there comes times value, so it’s about exploitation of investment, rather than just ticking the box at the end of day, done.”

Shoubridge also warned that the market for enterprise architecture was on shaky ground, with analysts Gartner projecting that 80% of enterprise architecture programmes would be shut down in two years, because they have failed to deliver tangible value.

The European Enterprise Architecture Conference attracts a wide range of experienced speakers and delegates from round the world and provides a unique opportunity to discover the approaches that work most effectively.

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