FAQ Category: Enterprise Architecture Management

What is meant by architectural alignment in developing a Project Management Plan?

For EA alignment, discuss and then document the project’s proposed technical approach with the enterprise’s EAWG for design and operational alignment at the various levels of the EA3 Cube Framework: strategy, business, information, applications, and technology infrastructure. Determine the costs associated with documenting the project throughout its lifecycle in the on-line EA repository, including views…
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How can the EA Management Program help to promote effective security and privacy solutions?

The Security and Privacy Program is intended to provide expertise, processes, and solutions for the protection of IT resources active in the business and technology operating environment. The Security and Privacy Program supports the EA by providing requirements for standards and procedures that are used in the planning and implementation of EA components and artifacts.…
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Why are management views of EA artifacts important?

EA management views can help various types of users to both understand and share EA artifacts. For example, members of the EA team who are modeling data in several information systems can develop a management view to show how information from those systems is used between various LOBs, and in so doing gain the support…
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Why are standardized terms important to an EA program?

Because the EA is still an emerging area of professional practice, the Acronym List and Glossary are helpful in creating a common set of terms and definitions for use throughout the enterprise.

Why are summaries of current and future views an important part of the EA Management Plan?

The EA Management Plan documents the enterprise’s performance gaps, resource requirements, planned solutions, a sequencing plan, and a summary of the current and future architecture. The Plan also describes the EA governance process, the implementation methodology, and the documentation framework. It is a living document that is updated at regular intervals (e.g., annually) to provide…
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How can an EA Management Plan show gaps in enterprise performance?

One of the purposes of the EA Management Plan is to show an overview of the linkage between current EA components and products at each level of the EA \n3 Cube Framework. In this way, the present role of IT within the enterprise is better understood and can be further analyzed from either a top-down,…
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Why is it important to integrate the EA Management Program with the enterprise’s capital planning process and project management practices?

The EA program is only effective if the enterprise’s resources are effectively applied to gaps in operational performance. It takes people, money, facilities, software, hardware, training, and other resources to do this through the investment in an ongoing series of development and improvement projects. If there were no gaps in operational performance, there would be…
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How can the capital planning process help support decisions on investing in future EA component upgrades or new capabilities?

Capital Planning and Investment Control (CPIC) process supports EA by planning, selecting, controlling, and evaluating investments in new or upgraded EA components. This cyclic process promotes the attainment of the following: Identification of operational performance gaps in the enterprise, Identification of new or upgraded EA components to close performance gaps, Development of business cases that…
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What is a business case for investment in EA components? What are the roles of an Alternatives Analysis, Cost Benefit Analysis, and Return on Investment calculation in the business case?

A Business Case shows the value and projected results of selecting an investment in a particular IT solution. Within a business case, one performs an Alternatives Analysis to determine if there are several viable alternatives for meeting the stated EA-related requirement(s). Identify how each alternative meets or does not meet the requirement(s). Perform a Cost-Benefit…
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Why is it important to have a standardized format for a Project Management Plan?

Project (and program) management is a professional discipline that focuses on developing, implementing, operating, improving, and/or retiring enterprise resources. Project and Program Managers (PMs) are responsible for meeting the goals of the project or program. Controlling successful outcomes involves the management of five primary aspects of a project/program: managing scope; controlling costs, maintaining the schedule,…
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