What Is Enterprise Architecture?

Enterprise architecture (EA) has emerged as a critical discipline to help enterprises align their assets with their business strategy. It works to bridge the gap between strategy and execution by delivering business outcome-focused roadmaps, models, and frameworks that enable balanced and informed investment decisions. Today, the pervasiveness of technology and the pace of innovation have made it more important than ever for enterprises to adhere to the guidance EA provides.

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How Can You Measure the Value of Enterprise Architecture?

Since EA guides and informs investments and decision-making, it can be difficult to fully measure its direct impact. However, CIOs and other business leaders can use a combination of both direct and indirect methods to measure the success of EA. These include selecting several metrics that support a given business outcome and measuring EA against those metrics, as well as softer metrics, such as surveying internal and partner organizations.

Recent Research


How Do Technology Providers Reach Enterprise Architects?

This research note differentiates architecture roles based on their scope and focus, and deliver technology and service providers (TSPs) advice on how to communicate effectively to each role.

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Context-Driven Customer Engagement: Beyond Customer Experience (CX) Management

This research note explores the changing customer expectations and illustrates a stepped evolution toward AI-enabled context-driven customer engagement.

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What is Enterprise Architecture in 2020?

This note highlights how leading organizations are using EA, including business architecture, to balance investment and cost-cutting decisions by answering five of the most common questions about EA today and going into 2020.

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To view all of our research on EA visit our Enterprise Architecture Index >

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Security is a First Priority: What Do EA Leaders Do?

Betsy Burton, VP Research and Aragon Fellow

  • Future-state security planning must be a core part of all future-state planning, including models, frameworks, policies, and principles.
  • Security cannot be added as an afterthought. Design security into all features and projects from their inception.
  • Partner and integrate efforts across the business, EA, IT, and security to ensure knowledge is shared and utilized.


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Understanding Enterprise Architecture in 2019

Leading organizations use enterprise architecture frameworks as guides and inspiration on the types of deliverables they might create. EA is a discipline that is continuing to evolve investment deliverables.


Recent Blogs


Enterprise Architects Should Prioritize Security

As an enterprise architect, you must be prepared to guide your organization through the ins and outs of enterprise security.

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The SolarWinds Hack and the need to Architect your Ecosystem

Watching the news regarding the SolarWinds hack brought home to me in a very clear way why it's important for organizations to architect their ecosystem, not just their enterprise.

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It's Time for the "Business Versus IT" Debate to be Over

People in IT view themselves as enablers for business. The reality is, technology is very often the source of critical business differentiators—strategic and operational.

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"We Have A Business Strategy, But..."

“We have a business strategy but you’re not allowed to see it.” This blog explores how business and IT leaders are supposed to execute an actionable business strategy when it is not transparent.

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