What is Enterprise Architecture and why is it in demand?
Enterprise Architecture as a practice is not new however the changing business landscape, pressing timelines, growing scale of business and digital transformation push has brought about a huge demand for Enterprise Architects. The digital transformation has been able to push even the government officials to take note of Enterprise architecture and start implementing them for better efficiency and scalability.
What is Enterprise Architecture?
Enterprise Architecture does not deal merely with the IT infrastructure and the architecture of the IT systems but takes a more holistic across the wider business canvas..
Over the last few decades, organizations have added IT infrastructure and applications at a rapid pace. With new technologies and business processes being adopted, the complexities have grown tremendously. The cost to maintain these systems have also increased rapidly. Organizations have been increasingly investing in analyzing the value these systems deliver towards the bottom line.
According to the Federation Of Enterprise Architecture Professionals Organization Enterprise architecture (EA) is “a well-defined practice for conducting enterprise analysis, design, planning, and implementation, using a comprehensive approach at all times, for the successful development and execution of strategy. Enterprise architecture applies architecture principles and practices to guide organizations through the business, information, process, and technology changes necessary to execute their strategies. These practices utilize the various aspects of an enterprise to identify, motivate, and achieve these changes.
What Kind of Profiles Fit an EA Job
Enterprise Architecture demands a cross-functional knowledge. It is not just limited to understanding technology. A successful EA professional would need to understand the various processes, company business objectives and how the organization delivers value using the Information technology infrastructure and applications. EA professionals need to have a system and companywide look out.
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A typical profile map to an EA role would be the following
Business Process Managers
BPM practitioners are one of the best-fit profiles for EA. BPM practitioners analyze systems from a process optimization view and often need to look into multiple applications and systems to deliver value.
Cloud consultants off late have been the backbone of IT for any business. They very often end up handling applications and systems from across the business.
Solution Architects have been historically instrumental in designing applications and software solutions. They have been key in defining the structure and the interfaces. Usually, in an organizational setup, a solution architect would work with an Enterprise Architect. This experience makes solution architects a very good candidate for an EA role.
Technology Architects working with hardware and network provisioning and design have a great experience on the hardware design and profiling. This experience can be leveraged with a certification or knowledge of Enterprise architecture frameworks and design.
Business Architects have a company-wide experience and are the flag bearers when it comes to a designing solution which have cross-department and applications interactions. Business Architects with a good years of experience behind them would be the best fit for leading a EA team.
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