Whatever your business outlook, be it survival, rapid recovery or growth, the ability to adapt and change is paramount. Technology options abound with the digitization of the enterprise and cloud technologies leading the way. Affecting change is never easy and it is imperative to get the technology and the change management right.

Difficult choices need to be taken, however clearly, organisations can benefit from having shared objectives and a common understanding of the EA  function.

Irrespective of the direction chosen, it is vital to build architecture capabilities to ensure that adaptability is at the core of your organisation’s mindset and operating model.

Although, internal focus is needed to strengthen the function such as

1. Marketing an EA brand within the organisation
You should be promoting agility and business outcome driven EA.  Clearly communicating the function’s time spent on day-2-day execution processes and deliverables builds understanding of the EA function value and mission.

2. Engaging business stakeholders and securing long-term support
You ought to be building strong collaborative relationships with interaction touchpoints which make it easier to align expectations. Further facilitating the sharing and exploitation of architecture information and insights in a language the business understands.

3. Having EA services that are easily requestable
You got to define EA work in terms of services offered to the business and IT. Services must be agile and designed to support a need that business is willing to pay for.

Value drivers for the EA function

Supports changing business models
Having architecture services backed by the right skills provide the necessary capabilities to grasp opportunities and provide technology solutions

Enables technology innovation
As the technology strategist, the function satisfies the desire to assess and guide the adoption of new technology based on current trends with planning and road mapping

Helps to target IT investments
Maintaining a repository that collects architecture information feeding into collaborative decision-making, drives better investment decisions

Supports business strategy execution
Architecture governance oversees the evolution of the technology landscape and links new technology with the demands of the business

Making technology trade-offs
Faster time to market may require architecture choices and technology trade-offs balancing pace of change and cost, for example, when introducing new technology such as Generative AI / Machine Learning