You cannot effectively manage something if you cannot “see” and understand (know)!
Especially if it is big, complicated, or will grow and change at some point in time, or if you need to communicate accurately with others about it.
The Cost of an error
There we are, in the heart of the topic! Money, save cost…
As you figure out with this simple chart, this is common sens, the earliest you are able to detect and error in your strategy, the most money you will save.
So, how will Enterprise Architecture will help you to save money?
Enterprise Architecture is the underlying design or structure of anything:
- It exists whether or not it is made explicit (know).
- If it is not explicit, assumptions must be made.
If explicit, Architecture is…
- “The set of descriptive representations about an object…” John Zachmann
- A model or representation of an object created in order to…
- “see” the object,
- “communicate”with others about the object,
- “do” something with or to the object: create, manage, evaluate or change it.
As a final thought for this post…
Enterprise Architecture is the underneath work that support any kind of Governance. Without such approach, Governance is blind or in the case relies on “convictions”… The issue with convictions is that, in some cases, they can blind us as well and keep ourself in a box. In this case, of course, convictions are quite dangerous especially if they are not challenged by facts that are partly brought by Enterprise Architecture.