One of the hardest aspects of anything, including Enterprise
Architecture, is where to start. Like with any journey, the most important
thing to know is why you wish to embark on the
journey. Its purpose. Whilst this is true of the Enterprise journey, it is also
true of the Enterprise Architecture journey.
The place to start is therefore with an understanding and
acceptance of the purpose of Enterprise Architecture, the problems it helps to
solve, and how it proposes to do so. Unless this understanding and acceptance
of its implications is achieved progress will be impossible.
Like an alcoholic admitting they are an alcoholic is the
most important (first) step to helping them, the same is true of Enterprise
Architecture. Unless the Enterprise admits there is a problem, they cannot be
helped and in fact will probably actively derail any attempt to do so.