Are Enterprise Architects Necessary or Just Nice to Have? A Survey on the Importance of EAs

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Just as individuals and businesses turn to architects when they need to have a structure built to code and seen through to completion, organizations need Enterprise Architects (EAs) to create plans for their IT landscape and preempt challenges to ensure a company’s abiding prosperity. EAs bring structure, standards and forethought to a company’s technological landscape to facilitate the satisfaction of business needs, reduce redundancy and cost, and promote technological innovation among many other responsibilities. Bradley, Pratt et al. refer to Enterprise Architecture as “the organizing logic for an organization’s IT infrastructure and business processes” [1]. So, if EAs do so much to ensure the sustained success of an organization, why are they not present at every organization? My research seeks to elucidate this matter and answer questions such as why an enterprise needs Enterprise Architects and whether the constraints of having a sufficient amount of Enterprise Architects are cultural, knowledge-based or monetary. Through conducting open-ended interviews and obtaining quantitative feedback from Likert scale surveys with working Enterprise Architects and analyzing their feedback to identify trends and commonalities, my research seeks to determine whether Enterprise Architects are crucial to the long-term success of a company or are simply optional.

[1] Bradley, Randy & Pratt, Renée & Outlay, Christina & Wynn, Donald. (2012). Enterprise architecture, IT effectiveness and the mediating role of IT alignment in US hospitals. Information Systems Journal. 22. 97-127. 10.1111/j.1365-2575.2011.00379.x.

 
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Are Enterprise Architects Necessary or Just Nice to Have? A Survey on the Importance of EAs

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Just as individuals and businesses turn to architects when they need to have a structure built to code and seen through to completion, organizations need Enterprise Architects (EAs) to create plans for their IT landscape and preempt challenges to ensure a company’s abiding prosperity. EAs bring structure, standards and forethought to a company’s technological landscape to facilitate the satisfaction of business needs, reduce redundancy and cost, and promote technological innovation among many other responsibilities. Bradley, Pratt et al. refer to Enterprise Architecture as “the organizing logic for an organization’s IT infrastructure and business processes” [1]. So, if EAs do so much to ensure the sustained success of an organization, why are they not present at every organization? My research seeks to elucidate this matter and answer questions such as why an enterprise needs Enterprise Architects and whether the constraints of having a sufficient amount of Enterprise Architects are cultural, knowledge-based or monetary. Through conducting open-ended interviews and obtaining quantitative feedback from Likert scale surveys with working Enterprise Architects and analyzing their feedback to identify trends and commonalities, my research seeks to determine whether Enterprise Architects are crucial to the long-term success of a company or are simply optional.

[1] Bradley, Randy & Pratt, Renée & Outlay, Christina & Wynn, Donald. (2012). Enterprise architecture, IT effectiveness and the mediating role of IT alignment in US hospitals. Information Systems Journal. 22. 97-127. 10.1111/j.1365-2575.2011.00379.x.