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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.

The discipline of EA is most often viewed as having different viewpoints. The concept is that while EA leaders take a holistic view, there is often a role for individuals within an EA team to take a deeper dive into specific viewpoints and bring these viewpoints back into the overall EA effort.

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.