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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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    Enterprise Architecture Roadmaps
Enterprise Architecture Roadmaps


Does your plan for a digital business look similar to this?
- Dispose of inflexible infrastructure
- Clean up existing IT mess
- Move to the Cloud
- Encourage Digital Transformation

The way to achieve all these things lies in a solid roadmapping capability. There is also a component of enterprise architecture management to this, so enterprise architecture management of the roadmap

What is roadmapping?
Road mapping includes determining the present state of IT architecture, and the future state your digital business is trying to achieve alongside with transition between the two. The best roadmaps usually present the multiple methods of completing the transformation.

Of course, weighing these detailed options is impossible without proper enterprise architecture software tools.

By using enterprise architecture software an enterprise architect is able to maintain a secure collection of architectures (i.e. present, transition, future) and conduct needed simulations. The EA software should enable you to manage the enterprise architecture, set goals and choose analytics which will help you assess potential options. You should probably use a variety of metrics - financial, technical, compliance, risk, experience, etc.

Setting the foundations
When making your plans, you should consider the types of roadmaps in Enterprise Architecture as a good starting point. Here are the 4 main types of roadmaps:

Heatmap
This type of a roadmap uses the metrics to color your digital business capability maps or technology analysis to show the changes. This is a simple way to make a suggestion of what should happen, but not when or how.

Gantt chart
This roadmap explores proposed changes to find out when is the best time/date for the changes to happen. It requires a profound understanding of Project Portfolio Management (PPM) and the transformational part of the business. This type of a roadmap is limited when it comes to working with interdependencies.

The Dynamic roadmap
Dynamic roadmap exploits the hidden dependencies and structure inherent in the businesses. You can observe the impact that a given change can have on other areas of the business. That way, you can always remain one step ahead and ensure that your transformation goes smoothly.

The roadmap with multiple architectures
Expert enterprise architects often ask these two important questions:

- can we achieve our target state?
- and what is needed to achieve it from our baseline state?

This is called "feasibility and reachability analysis". You can model different states as separate architectures and compare the current states with planned states. By comparing them you can easily determine their viability.

The possibilities
This way of future state modeling allows us to identify problems as well as improvements (per example, which systems can be safely removed and how). It can also help to create a plan for moving the company's data safely to the cloud, and discover which parts of the business need to be upgraded to provide a better customer experience.

But the most important thing is - it will provide you with real-time metrics and offer you some certainty when it comes to digital transformation initiatives and business planning. This is a brief introduction to road mapping.

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