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WIKIPEDIA: Enterprise architecture is a well-defined practice for conducting enterprise analysis, design, planning, and implementation, using a holistic approach at all times, for the successful development and execution of strategy.

GARTNER: Enterprise architecture is the process of translating business vision and strategy into effective enterprise change by creating, communicating, and improving the key principles and models that describe the enterprise's future state and enable its evolution.

FORRESTER: Enterprise architecture consists of the vision, principles and standards that guide the purchase and deployment of technology within an enterprise.

THE OPEN GROUP: Enterprise architecture is a discipline that helps the enterprise define, develop and exploit the capabilities in order to achieve the enterprise’s strategic Intent. An ‘enterprise’ is any collection of organizations that has a common set of goals and/or a single bottom line.

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    Top 5 Trades for Enterprise Architects
Top Skills for Enterprise Architects

So what would be the top 5 trades of an enterprise architect. This can also be explained what it takes to be successful as an EA. Below is our top 5 list, in random order.

Strong Communicator
As an EA has to communicate with many different parts of the organization as well as at many different levels very strong verbal and written communication skills are a must.

Creative visual modeling
Anyone can create a diagram but creating a diagram that gets the key message across to different audiences for a complex problem requires full on creative visual designing skills. The important of this skills goes without saying - a good picture says a thousand words.

Analytical mind
Of course there is a significant analytic side to EA. Analyzing the current state, business requirements, industry trends. Developing this into a future state, breaking this into implementation plans etc. All of these activities have a large analytical skill required to them.

Innovative, future thinking
In some EA cases being innovative and future thinking will be more important than others but in general an EA architects for the future and ideally not just following existing trends but also creating that innovative future new direction.

Balancing priorities
Last but not least in our list is the balancing priorities. An EA must be able to determine the architecture priorities based on an array of inputs like business goals, market development, technology risks etc. Then apply skills to create a balanced priority list of architecture initiatives.


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