Enterprise architecture (EA) acts as a bridge between the current state of a business and its desired goals. With widespread technology growth and emerging market trends, enterprises need to keep up with business requirements, and EA can help with this. Here are the details.
What is Enterprise Architecture?
Enterprise architecture is defined as the overall process an enterprise undergoes, from analysis, design, planning, and implementation, to develop and execute business strategies to produce the desired results. Having a successful EA will help businesses stay on top of their goals and change trends in terms of the markets they operate and technological advances.
The term enterprise architecture has been around since the ‘60s. What led to a meteoric rise in the acceptance of the practice was the increased adoption of computers in business spaces and offices in the ‘80s. Enterprises saw the need to have a more futuristic approach to keep up with the times and achieve long-term goals. In the era of global connectivity, big data, and cloud computing, enterprise architecture helps companies undergo much-needed digital transformation and allows them to create seamless environments for users and consumers.
Goals and Benefits of Enterprise Architecture
Enterprise architecture planning involves having a holistic view of the business from the perspectives of not just the owner but also other stakeholders such as builders and designers. It doesn’t necessarily have a formal documented structure. The final goals to be achieved with any good EA strategy are efficiency, adaptability, reliability, and timeliness. To achieve these goals, enterprises need to consider their organizational structure, latest business process innovations, and information systems.
Having a solid enterprise architecture in place can bring in many benefits. Here is a broad look at some of these advantages.
- Offer support during organizational changes
- Standardization of processes to bring consistency
- Navigate complex IT structures and aids in risk management
- Enabling collaboration between different business units
- Evaluation of current architectures to attain future goals
- Help recognize investment priorities and opportunities
- Create benchmarks to compare against the competition
EA and Cloud Adoption
With newer and still evolving cloud-based EA systems, businesses get a more efficient and faster method than what legacy systems provided. Cloud does not entirely replace them but rather enhances the potential multifold. Cloud-based enterprise architecture systems can also shorten the time for development and implementation and thereby reduce time and resource utilization.
Enterprise architecture with the help of cloud will help define the relationships between the varied business components, and an experienced cloud provider can help enterprises with the adoption process. At VEXXHOST, our cloud services are based on OpenStack, making the environments free from licensing fees or vendor lockins. For many of our clients, private clouds are the preferred choice because of their highly scalable and secure nature.
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