The New Rules of EA

New EA is calling for a revolution. Discover its powerful new rules.

Businesses have never had a greater need for Enterprise Architecture (EA).

In the pre-digital era, companies sought to align business and IT, predicated on a 'business-led, IT enabled' approach. The traditional EA practices such as models, principles, roadmaps, standards, and architecture reviews evolved to support this aim. EA sought to order the whole organization, with an emphasis on the technological underpinnings.

Now digital has fundamentally altered the business-IT relationship, calling for a 'business- and IT-led, technology-enabled' approach. Business and IT are integrated into a digital business strategy that aims to create sustainable business models, effectively implement new technologies, and meet strategic objectives in the face of extreme competition.

This NEW EA will enhance its traditional practices through a new set of rules, ensuring that it can truly support value creation in digital businesses.

In the digital environment, when it comes to managing, navigating, and informing decision-making, EA’s historically linear solutions are no longer up to the task. Rigid frameworks, 'command and control' governance and an exclusive focus on architecture cannot keep pace with the demand for continuous innovation and accelerated speed to value and time to market.

Digital businesses must be agile, iterative, experimental, lean, and constantly learning and adapting. EA must evolve to support this, moving away from seeking perfection, towards delivering continuous improvements at speed with a lightweight, pragmatic architecture that enables the business to make smart decisions.

72% of organizations are either starting, restarting or renewing their EA efforts.

The seven rules of NEW EA

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The value is in analytics, not architecture
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Start with a business problem
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Get the right data into the system, in the right format
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Customizable UX
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Broadens access and empowers collaboration
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Built-in integrated security and regulatory compliance
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Speed and efficiency are the new norm
Just as industries and technologies evolve, so will new EA. Analytics will be the key driver, shifting EA's proposition further away from rigid enterprise architecture towards dynamic enterprise intelligence.

The digital business ecosystem will only grow in complexity, making it impossible for an individual to understand and react to in real time. Businesses will be increasingly looking to EA to provide augmented intelligence around the enterprise and the ecosystems in which it operates.

Over time, EA will become an analytic decision support system, enabling business leaders to answer complex question based on real-time, contextually enriched, machine-to-machine and crowdsourced data.

Key takeaways from this guide

New EA places a value on operational intelligence, not architecture for architecture’s sake
Analytics need to be accessed and understood by multiple decision makers, not just a select few
New EA helps organizations to make better decisions faster, with insight and intelligence about their operations

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