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If you Want Business to “Own” the Data, You Need to Build An Architecture For the Business

If you build an IT Architecture, it will be a constant up-hill battle to get business users and executives engaged and take ownership of data governance and data quality. In short you will struggle to maximize the information potential in your enterprise. But if you develop and Enterprise Architecture that starts with a business and operational view, the dynamics change dramatically. To make this point, let’s take a look at a case study from Cisco. (more…)

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Do You Have A Business Architecture? Get One!

I was recently speaking to a colleague at one of my former clients, and he reminded me of the internal company battles we fought five years ago to establish a framework for an enterprise business architecture. We received a lot of resistance at the time from the not-invented-here syndrome and the anti-standardization sentiment.  But we persevered and in the end received funding to acquire and establish a framework that we called the Common Business Language. So my question to my friend was, did you stick with the strategy and did it pay off? (more…)

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Does Enterprise Architecture Add Value?

One of the debates that comes up every year among EA professionals is whether you can, or even should, create a financial justification for an EA program.  Opponents of a quantified ROI say that the benefits of EA are intuitively obvious but nonetheless intangible and difficult or impossible to measure – so a financial ROI is not necessary or practical.  Proponents say that any business function, including EA, must be able to articulate the business value of what it does in financial terms or risk being marginalized or eliminated. Here is one example of an EA program that added measurable enterprise value. (more…)

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