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Top challenges with integrating EA and App Architecture

Top challenges with integrating EA and App Architecture

- lack of common understanding of disciplines
- gaps and overlaps b/c of unclear responsibilities
- disruptions of risks and opportunities
- hard to attribute success of the whole among the parts

Gartner’s proposed definitions

EA - strategic view; what new biz capabilities will be needed; enterprise vs local solutions
Enterprise Solutions Architecture - enterprise shared solutions
App Architecture - How to build proposed solutions across the portfolios
Solution Architecture - builds and enhances business capabilities; execution oriented

EA is a discipline and delivers value by presenting business and IT leaders with signature-ready recommendations

EA addresses the evolution of legacy applications and meets the new demands of web-centric, process-oriented, event-driven, highly distributed or cloud-based systems.

EA - delegate and coordinate; inform and empower; few critical standards and more guidance; be willing to NOT be the SME

App Arch - leverage and promote best practices for Solution Arch; recognize the power of collaboration; ask for line-of-sight reasoning; look for future state guidance

Cultural Change
- fight the not-invented here attitude

Recommendation - agree on definitions, objectives and approach for how the disciplines should interact

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