The Benefits of Effective Enterprise Architecture
Maintaining a diverse suite of software and information assets across several business divisions presents a range of challenges that are difficult to address without some degree of coordination and standardization. Enterprise Architecture addresses this need across the technology capabilities and solutions within an organization, providing a framework that shapes and streamlines how such solutions are created and utilized to the best of their capabilities.
Enterprise architecture aims to align overall technology implementation and direction to best meet the business and executive strategies of the broader enterprise. Individual software solutions that factor in enterprise architecture requirements are best placed to address their own specific business needs in a way that efficiently balances other important enterprise constraints such as re-use, integrations, and cost - resulting in a greater return on investment.
Enterprise Architecture Services
SitePen offers a variety of consulting services that can help optimize and enhance your existing enterprise architecture and its implementation, both across multiple and within individual technology solutions. For newer organizations burgeoning to a point where managing multiple systems is proving challenging, SitePen is able to advise on and help implement a solid enterprise architecture practice to help streamline oversight and maintenance of current and future software solutions. SitePen’s expertise in end-to-end solution delivery can provide help at every stage of enterprise architecture design, maintenance, and implementation - working with your existing implementation teams, or operating as a complete standalone solution delivery function.
Analysis and Strategy
SitePen can help with a range of business process analysis and enterprise architecture strategy formulation, whether the goal is how best to pursue and integrate new opportunities, or when trying to find ways of streamlining utilization and cost-effectiveness across an existing set of technology capabilities.
SitePen can work within and across organization divisions to help analyze business process needs, data flows, systems integrations, enumerate and assess architecture across existing technology capabilities, as well as identify any relevant organizational or technology constraints. This analysis is used to define an enterprise architecture strategy that identifies an optimal set of technology capabilities that can best meet all given constraints, and that aligns overall technology direction with the enterprise’s wider strategic aims.
Planning and Design
Implementation and Management
Optimization and Support
Enterprise Architecture Experience
Enterprise Data Architecture
Enterprise Architecture Tools
SitePen’s approach to enterprise architecture tooling is pragmatic, preferring lightweight documentation (including a range of diagramming and modelling) that evolves over time as architecture is proven across real-world solutions. We typically work with commodity off-the-shelf documentation and information repository solutions, favoring ease of access to architectural documentation across the enterprise - as well as avoiding vendor-specific lock-in.
Where appropriate, lightweight tooling may be useful to help automate certain data schema modelling and systems scaffolding that can be derived directly from the architectural blueprints. This helps to create “living architecture” that is kept up-to-date with evolving requirements and implementation details, allowing it to better retain its value as an accurate design authority over time - as well as benefit from a degree of process automation.
Enterprise Architecture Framework
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What is Enterprise Application Architecture?
Enterprise application architecture is the framework that guides and supports software and data solutions across an enterprise to better align with business process requirements, as well as broader strategic directives guiding business and technology direction. The framework encompasses documentation that lays out architecture designs and reasoning behind key decisions, as well as tooling to surface the documentation across solution teams. Processes and communication channels are also required to allow enterprise architecture to disseminate out to application design and implementation teams, as well as filter back in to allow bi-directional adjustments and refinements to keep enterprise and solution architecture in sync.
What Is the Purpose of Enterprise Architecture?
The fundamental purpose of enterprise architecture is simple - to design and support optimal ways that software and information technology can best serve immediate and future business needs. It aims to answer the “what”, “how” and most importantly “why” around implementation of software technology solutions that minimize unnecessary waste while best supporting existing and anticipated business opportunities, within and across organizational boundaries. This purpose extends throughout an organization’s lifetime, meaning enterprise architecture is only valuable when it is able to adapt to ever-changing business needs, constraints, and broader industry developments.
Why Is Enterprise Architecture Important?
Businesses, divisions, and solution teams tend to focus on their own immediate concerns, which can result in opportunities being overlooked where repurposing or adapting solutions that already exist elsewhere in the enterprise may address requirements in more cost- and time-effective ways. Opportunities can also be missed where broader integrations across divisions could help provide greater value than the sum of their isolated parts. Without the guidance that robust enterprise architecture provides, significant waste can be generated in these ways where short-term solutions are implemented to meet apparent needs, but are ultimately abandoned for a wide variety of reasons.
In the same way that executive strategy helps point businesses and divisions into synergistic rather than conflicting directions, enterprise architecture helps align technology and data solutions to sustainably meet business needs while minimizing waste and overlap. Effective enterprise architecture helps bridge the divide between addressing valuable immediate business opportunities, but doing so in a way that addresses a range of constraints and that best aligns with future strategic directions across the enterprise.