EA Case Studies

Date:
Thursday 10 September 2009

Description:
One of the main purposes of the BCS Enterprise Architecture SG is to provide networking and knowledge exchange between members. This year we have focused on collecting a number of case studies to capture best practice that we can all share.

This meeting covered presentations on the first two of these case studies: Amit Apte from SITA discussed business-driven enterprise architecture and Andrew Jolly from Deloitte considered the challenges in achieving enterprise architecture governance. Both topics were well received and generated a lively discussion. Points raised included:

  • Focus on delivering business value and making IT relevant to the business; know the business environment and understand business strategy and challenges
  • Senior sponsorship is important, but the whole organisation does NOT need to know about EA - it just has to recognise its value
  • Start small to demonstrate value and with a project where you have influence
  • Consider ways of starting to embed architecture in projects, e.g. funding architect resources centrally to show the benefit at first- the project will then be more likely to ask for (and pay for) architecture input the next time around
  • If the EA function is new, many of the existing resources may pre-date it, and have existing ways of working; identify and involve people who "do" architecture as part of their roles in your virtual team, even if they aren't called architects - they can help you
  • Publish EA materials early so they can be used - don't wait for perfection
  • Treat implementing Enterprise Architecture as a business change project; develop relationships with the organisation's change team
  • Don't take your eye off the ball once the EA function has been established, effort will continue to be needed to maintain and develop it