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The Value of Enterprise Architecture

The Value of Enterprise Architecture

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Is Enterprise Architecture is in danger of becoming irrelevant? And if so, what can we do about it?
Is Enterprise Architecture is in danger of becoming irrelevant? And if so, what can we do about it?

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Published by: Peter Evans-Greenwood on May 07, 2009
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The Value of Enterprise Architecture
 
RMIT Masters in Enterprise Architecture2010/05/12
© Peter Evans-Greenwood 2011. All rights reserved.
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Slide 2.Is Enterprise IT is in danger of becoming irrelevant?
“why should business bother withenterprise architecture”some companies are already “doingwithout” EAenterprise architecture does notdirectly generate valueput aside arguments on “theimportantce of IT is modern business”what value does EA bring?EA is an IT planning function. It’soverhead on an enabler.EA has a proud history, stretching back~30 years, but developments in thetechnology market are making the oldways of doing things irrelevant.A good example of the potential impactis to look at CRM (CustomerRelationship Management) rollouts overthe last few yearsSiebel has been the gold standard for along timeTypical engagements are 2-4 years, ~$50 millionIn the last few years we’ve seen theemergence of software-as-a-serviceCRMSalesforce.com is now considered“best of breed”Some features are considered marketleadingSalesforce.com crowd sourcing wasused by Barak Obama as part of change.govA typical SaaS CRM engagement is 9months, ~$5 millionTo a first approximation, the IT servicesindustry will shrink 90%
Analogy:
The role of scribes in the1400s during the emergence of moveable type.Hand rendering booksMost of the effort was in copying, notoriginal worksOvernight, the invention of moveabletype slash the cost of production~95%Very similar to IT and SaaSIn 1492, Johannes Trithemius, theAbbot of Sponheim, published
 De Laude Scriptorum
(in praise of scribes)He argued that writing had a higherbenefit than simply copying book, andshould be preservedHis pamphlet was published onmovable type, of courseDespite his and others best efforts,they could not preserve theirprofessionScribes soon became irrelevant otherthan as a hobbyThere are changes in the IT environmentwhich will have a similar impact on usHow do we keep ourselves relevant?
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