Why do I need enterprise architecture?

The primary reason for developing enterprise architecture is to support the business by providing the fundamental technology and process structure for an IT strategy. This, in turn, makes IT a responsive asset for a successful modern business strategy.

Today's CEOs and business managers know that the effective management of information through IT is the key to business success, and the indispensable means to achieving and maintaining a competitive advantage. Enterprise architecture addresses this need, by providing a strategic context for the evolution of the IT system in response to the constantly changing needs of the business environment.

Effective enterprise architecture enables you to achieve the right balance between IT efficiency and business innovation. It provides the opportunity for individual business units to innovate safely in their quest for competitive advantage. At the same time, it assures the needs of the organisation for an integrated IT strategy, permitting the closest possible synergy across the entire enterprise. The advantages that result from a good enterprise architecture bring important business benefits, which are clearly visible in the bottom line:

A more efficient IT operation:

Better return on existing investment, reduced risk for future investment:

Faster, simpler, and cheaper procurement: