Enterprise Architecture

Why is Enterprise Architecture important?

If an enterprise does not have a clear blueprint of the organisation, and you need to change it you only have three options:

1. Rebuild and start again

2. Reverse engineer

3. Brute force – keep working on it.

This may result in the business wasting time, resources, business opportunities.

We can help, we start by reviewing the overall business architecture.

Enterprise Architecture domains

1. Functionality, Extensibility, Maintainability emphasising client interactions
Assessment to focus if Software Applications designed to fulfill business requirements and maximize the efficiency and effectiveness of business functions with the ability to scale and adapt as business requirements change and expand.
2. Technology independence and use of non-proprietary technologies
Addresses interoperability, portability, and integration across platforms utilizing open and/or De-facto standard protocols, programming languages, middle-ware, development tools, databases, utilities, etc.
3. Integration Readiness -exchange of information with other software
Assess if systems/s utilises common, standard interfaces and/or middle-ware having the ability to inter-operate and integrate with other software without requiring custom programming or intermediate, interface-specific applications.
4. Infrastructure Utilisation -ability to maximize (take full advantage of) available Network, Security Assessment to check the capability to conform to, and adhere to, the standards and best practices delineated in the domain architectures without requiring substantial modifications.
5. Quality of Service (QoS) – Assessment based on 19 QoS characteristics such as Usability, Reliability (Accuracy, Availability, Recoverability), Performance

Enterprise Architecture  main deliverables

1. Architecture Mining– understanding the architecture overview
2. QoS Model – understanding the various quality of service context, quantification & engineering mechanisms
3. Business and Stakeholder Interaction Log – Log of each stakeholder contacted, what was discussed
4. Preliminary Findings and Prioritized Recommendations Presentation  – presentation outlining the findings, prioritise one of the key problem area and recommendations.
5. Feedback Tracking Spreadsheet
6. Draft Architectural Migration Plan
7. Draft Architectural Migration presentation for Management