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New Rules:
The Definitive Handbook for EA Success

New EA is about strategy, flexibility, enterprise-wide engagement, and turning data into action. It’s time to take your rightful place at the enterprise top table.

 

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The New Rules of Enterprise Architecture

It's time to step into the future. Your journey to Enterprise Architecture success starts here.

Rule 1

Rule one

Enterprise Architecture for the Enterprise, not just the Architects

Rule 2

Rule two

Start with Real Business Problems

Rule 3

Rule three

Build Decisions on Data, Not Opinion

Rule 4

Rule four

Governance is Good, Collaboration is Better

Rule 5

Rule five

Turn Data Into Insight Into Action

Rule 6

Rule six

The Future is a Work-in-Progress

Rule 7

Rule seven

Build Scalability in EA

To help your business meet the challenges of the future, EA will need to follow 7 distinct new rules:

1. Enterprise Architecture for the Enterprise, not just the Architects

There's no great 'secret' to convincing business leaders of the value of EA. The key is to demonstrate how the increased amount of higher-quality data helps stakeholders make better-informed decisions.

As you plan your future EA capabilities, consider this factor:
What are the questions my stakeholders are struggling to answer?

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Rule 1

Rule one

2. Start with Real Business Problems

Unfortunately, many traditional EA efforts have resulted in widespread perceptions that the practice was too bureaucratic, technical, and a barrier to achieving business results. Your EA initiatives will only succeed if they help address hard business challenges.

As you focus your EA development efforts, answer this question:
How can we frame the EA value in terms of business performance measures?

Rule three

Rule 2

Rule two

3. Build Decisions on Data, Not Opinion

If your EA still relies on traditional, complex tools that only a few can interpret, then your efforts will have little material impact on the organization. Begin by shoring up the accuracy of your data, then prioritize which metrics are most important, and help stakeholders better understand it through data visualizations.

To move forward, address this question:
Does our existing EA toolset offer live API and integrations, or do we need to consider a more capable alternative?

Rule four

Rule 3

Rule three

4. Governance is Good, Collaboration is Better

Moving towards open data encourages greater collaboration and alignment between stakeholders. It also helps reduce the need for resource-draining retrospective governance.

To move forward, consider addressing this key question:
What level of engagement do we require from stakeholders to achieve the EA strategic goals?

Rule five

Rule 4

Rule four

5. Turn Data Into Insight Into Action

Data is good. Insights are better. But action is best. Building strategy-focused metrics on top of EA data allows you (and your stakeholders) to make sense of disparate information. This generally leads to smarter business decisions.

To move forward, address this question:
Can we create a digital twin of our organization using current tools, or do we need to consider our options?

Rule six

Rule 5

Rule five

6. The Future is a Work-in-Progress

The future is unpredictable. That means your EA function must help your business adjust strategy quickly and accurately. Automation is key here – it allows you to increase your ability to model many more futures quickly and efficiently.

Consider this important question:
Do we have a suitably flexible mindset to encourage flexibility?

Rule seven

Rule 6

Rule six

7. Build Scalability in EA

There are few certainties in life – but the exponential growth of your data estate is one of them. Your EA, processes, and delivery must all be scalable.

Aim to answer this key question:
Do our EA tools scale automatically as our estate develops? What needs to change?

Rule 7

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