Many people believe and espouse that…
“EA is all about - Bridging the gap between the business and
Note - use of the term “The Business” here, is used because
that is how many people who talk about EA refer to “everything else in the
Enterprise that is not IT”. I do not necessarily subscribe to this label but
since most people use these two terms together I am also using them to help
explain, using terms that people currently use.
Until around 2005 I also thought that EA was all about “Bridging
the gap between the business and IT”. The reason I thought this was mainly
because that’s what everyone, including many EA’s, were telling me. But having
begun my quest for the truth of EA it soon dawned on me, that the idea that EA
is some kind of physical thing that bridges a gap was erroneous.
In any Enterprise “The Business” and IT are inextricably
linked. There is no gap. In addition, if you view EA as a kind of marriage
counsellor between “The Business” and IT, helping to bring them closer
together, then again EA should not be about bridging the gap, it should be
about removing the gap.
In fact, the only purpose of EA is to enable and support the
Transformation of the Enterprise. If the Enterprise never needed to change,
there would be no reason to use EA at all.
So, since EA is all about enabling Transformation, and since
EA (aka Roadmapping) is the work that is done between strategy formulation on
the one hand and the execution of projects on the other, it becomes obvious
that a much more valid statement was:
“EA is all about - Bridging the gap between Strategy and
Execution (of change)”
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In this way, EA is a continuous process of reacting to
changes in the Enterprise’s Strategy, and guiding the required transformation.
This is where common phrase comes from…
“EA is not a destination. It’s a journey”
Which sounds very good. However, if we think more deeply, EA
is not even the journey. EA is more about the way
of making the journey. Many organisations make their journey without the use of
Enterprise Architecture (yes they are all “doing” EA but there comes a point
when something is being done so badly, that it ceases to be that thing. For
example, if you cremate a chicken, can we still call this “cooking the dinner”?)
And so, we can say that:
“EA is not a destination.
EA is not Even a journey.
EA is a way of travelling”
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