4 reasons to utilize an enterprise architect
Every enterprise has architecture, but not every enterprise has an architect. The architecture of a business enterprise includes the building, employees, mission, departments, services or goods, strategy, processes, IT assets and everything else that makes a business possible. The architect views the architecture as a whole instead of from a specific departmental view. This allows the architect to create and manage a framework for architecture, including guidelines and a road map for the rest of the employees. Having an architect is a rising trend in businesses.
However, having an enterprise architect isn’t necessary to having enterprise architecture. Just like a building, what creates your business doesn’t go away without an architect. But without an architect, you leave the changes of the architecture to chance.
Here are 4 reasons to utilize an enterprise architect:
- Big picture approach: Only an enterprise architect examines the management and evolution of an enterprise holistically. Other department leaders focus on their department’s goals. The CEO/COO/president manages the department leaders and reports to the board. But the enterprise architect looks at the current status and future plans of the organization as a whole, without employees reporting to him/her. They can clearly help decision makers move the business forward without smaller things clouding their judgement.
- Transform the entire business: An enterprise architect can connect the IT transformation to the entire business’s transformation, ensuring all of the changes work together in alignment with the mission and goals of the business.
- Empower employees: When an architect creates a successful framework for the rest of the team to follow, other team members are empowered to do their best work within the confines of the framework guidelines with less risk that they will make large mistakes that will cost the business time and money. Plus, many people work harder knowing how their specific job affects the rest of the business, which the framework provides.
- Flexible framework: The framework is created with flexibility in mind, so the architecture can change, bend and update to ensure the business changes, bends and updates along with customer needs. This also ensures long-term decisions are made with sustainability in mind.
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