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Metrics and Enterprise Architecture

measurement.pngI was talking with some individuals recently about the changing role of architects. Although there are stills some organizations that are focused exclusively on cost cutting – doing more-with-less. There are also those that view the main role of the architect is strategic, improving agility and IT effectiveness. This has raised the importance of business architecture, looking at business process effectiveness, not just the underlying technical environment. This also means looking at how the IT available is being applied and may even mean doing more-with-more. Even in this age of cloud techniques, there is more need for Enterprise Architecture than ever.

 

Enterprise architects will need to deal with a new set of goals and measures, since the perception of their value and impact will be changing. Unfortunately, since many of these activities are longer term in nature that also means that they will be harder to measure and dynamic course correction will have greater latency.

 

The impact of efforts like application portfolio management can be easily measured but take a long time to become visible. Improved time to market is a bit more nebulous and can take even longer to become apparent. What’s clear is that the metrics need to be defined specifically for the situation. It is not a one size fits all efforts approach. I could be mistaken, so if you think there are standard EA metrics, please let me know. 

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