Thursday, November 29, 2007

Management Owns the Enterprise Architecture

Great management pays particular attention to the way they structure relationships and organize resources to provide offerings. If market-facing strategy is the essence of business, enterprise architecture is its being.

Enterprise Architecture is the description of the current and/or future structure and behavior of an organization's processes, information systems, personnel and organizational sub-units, aligned with the organization's core goals and strategic direction. Although often associated strictly with information technology, it relates more broadly to the practice of business optimization in that it addresses business architecture, performance management, organizational structure and process architecture as well. - Wikipedia
The world economy is in a turbulent period, adjusting to major shifts in resource prices and extreme uncertainty with regard to the geopolitical forces that underlie them.

This is a particularly critical time for management to rethink the structures of its trading channels, supply chains, back office services, and information infrastructures. There are opportunities for the nimble. Others are in for a rough ride.

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