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Gartner: Beyond the Tipping Point: EA Is Strategic

For years, Gartner and others have been talking about enterprise architecture as a strategic planning discipline focused on evolving business toward a future state. Surveys show that a tipping point has passed, and EA practitioners are focusing EA on delivering strategic value.


The majority of enterprise architecture (EA) practitioners are focused on integrating with business, delivering business value and demonstrating business impact. The discipline of EA will increasingly be supported by business and IT people as a collaborative effort.

Key Findings

  • The tipping point for EA is that the majority of practitioners have shifted their focus to the business strategic vision, not the IT organization alone.
  • 53% of EA practitioners surveyed stated that senior management expected EA to be focused on a business strategic vision.
  • 9% of clients surveyed stated that business, IT and EA practitioners are activity engaged together in the development of EA; 40% stated that business leaders are starting to work on EA and collaborating on projects and programs.
  • 68% of respondents said that their primary focus for EA during 2011 and 2012 will be on aligning with business, delivering business value or transforming the business.


  • Enterprise architects need to assess their own aspirations, their senior management’s expectations for EA and the type of IT service management (ITSM) they are operating under, in order to understand the opportunities and constraints on their ability to collaborate with business leaders.
  • EA practitioners must augment their skills with approaches, techniques and tools to start collaborating with their business partners, including gaming, visualization, governance, business capability modeling and future scenario planning.
  • Enterprise architects need to continually monitor the impact that business trends, changes in user behaviors and expectations, and emerging technology and services have on how they support EA and work with business and IT leaders.
  • Regardless of reporting structure (centralized, federated or distributed), EA efforts must be based on the same shared vision and charter, and must be measured based on this shared vision (see“EA Must Include Defining Your Enterprise Context”).

Source: http://my.gartner.com/portal/server.pt?open=512&objID=260&mode=2&PageID=3460702&resId=1590214&ref=Alerts&refVal=925091

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