EA Case Studies

Thursday 10 September 2009

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