Enterprise Architecture: A Pocket Guide

  • 28m
  • Tom Graves
  • IT Governance
  • 2009

Enterprise architecture is a key competency for most large organisations of the present day. Its roots reach back some twenty years or more, in early efforts to re-use knowledge about software structure and design to assist in managing a rapid growth in the cost and complexity of IT systems in general. Compliance to a formal enterprise architecture framework is now mandatory in many government and defense contexts, and is increasingly common in larger organisations elsewhere.

For most of its history, enterprise architecture has been regarded as belonging under IT governance. Yet at the present time the discipline is evolving once more, and extending its scope to become a literal architecture of the enterprise.

This Pocket Guide describes the purpose, role and value of architecture in the enterprise, and the makeup and skillsets of the architecture team in different business contexts. It explores the relationship between architecture, project management, change-management and governance, and summarises the frameworks, methods, standards and toolsets currently in common use. And finally, it provides a brief outline of the typical activities and processes that are used in the development and realisation of an enterprise architecture.

About the Author

Tom Graves has been an independent consultant for almost three decades, in business transformation, enterprise architecture and knowledge management. His clients in Europe, Australia and the US cover a broad range of industries, including banking, utilities, logistics, engineering, media, telecoms, research, defence and government. He has a special interest in architecture for non-IT-centric enterprises, and integration between IT-based and non-IT-based services.

In this Book

  • Enterprise Architecture—A Pocket Guide
  • Preface
  • Introduction
  • What Is Enterprise Architecture?
  • Business Drivers and Benefits
  • Architecture and Governance
  • Architecture Maturity
  • The Architecture Team
  • Frameworks, Methods and Tools
  • Architecture in Practice
  • ITG Resources