Want to decrease IT costs without increasing technical debt? Enterprise architecture is a good place to start. Want to improve business/IT integration? Enterprise architecture promises to be the tool of choice. How about establishing a more streamlined and effective business? One guess as to where you should look first.
And therein lies a paradox: Improving architecture can drive significant improvements, but the frameworks and methodologies that are supposed to help you improve your company’s architecture rarely live up to their promises. Instead they turn the EA function into an ivory-tower white-paper factory that emphasizes deep, abstract conceptualizing over practical action.
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