It is possible for one person to fulfil both roles (if given
the mandate to do so), however, they are different in some fundamental
The Type 1 Enterprise Architect’s main role is not to “do”
EA but to increase an Enterprises maturity in its use of EA - to ultimately
allow those who “do” EA to be more effective and efficient.
This type of EA does not need any detailed business or IT
knowledge, but they do need detailed knowledge about the EA profession, EA
Frameworks and how to increase an Enterprise’s EA maturity. That can come from
their own innate knowledge and experience (a framework - even though it doesn’t
have a name and is not written down), from a published framework such as PEAF,
or more likely a mixture of the two.
They can work in any type of Enterprise and can be equally
as effective. It doesn’t matter to a Type 1 EA whether the Enterprise is a
bank, an oil company, a medical centre, the tax office, a university, an
aircraft manufacturer, a hotel, an online retailer or a dog grooming company.
How transformation is effected and how its maturity can be
increased is independent of the type of Enterprise. How Transformation is
effected and the approach to the Transformation of Transformation is the same.
What will ultimately be transformed (the Enterprise) can be very different but
How transformation is effected is fundamentally the same irrespective of the
type of Enterprise.
This type of EA therefore, is not an expert in your
Enterprises Operations. They are (should be) an expert in the Enterprise called
Transformation - that exists within all Enterprises. When interviewing for this
type of person it is futile to ask questions such as “How much Banking
Experience do you have”.