Today’s enterprise architecture (EA) practices are relevant because they enable a firm’s customer-led and digital transformations. As more traditional EA use cases become commoditized, vendors that provide strong use cases that are vital to transformations will emerge as the leaders. These transformation-enabling use cases include strategic performance management, technology asset performance, operational insights, and people architecture modeling.

In Forrester’s recently published report, “The Forrester Wave™: Enterprise Architecture Management Suites, Q1 2019,” we evaluated the 12 most significant vendors — Ardoq, Atoll Technologies, Avolution, BiZZdesign, BOC Group, LeanIX, MEGA International, Orbus Software, Planview, QPR Software, Software AG, and UNICOM Systems — on their current offering, strategy, and market presence. Of these 12 vendors, six Leaders emerged: Avolution, Software AG, BOC Group, MEGA International, Orbus Software, and BiZZdesign. Here are a few key points that helped these vendors stand out:

    • They possess competitive use case capabilities that enable transformations. Each of the six Leaders scored highly in technology asset management, strategic management, and organization design, which play key roles in enabling transformation.

    • They recognize the need for near-real-time customer and operational insights. Forrester’s 2018 enterprise architecture survey found that improving business information management for better business insights was a primary driver of EA. Vendors that have enhanced their products to meet this need are now leading the market.

    • They build organizational design competency to understand the impact of automation. Leaders consistently scored high in technology asset management because their offerings adopt advanced emerging technologies, such as artificial intelligence, that play central roles in automation. By unlocking these new opportunities, these vendors offer more competitive products that can better facilitate business and operating model transformations.

See “The Forrester Wave™: Enterprise Architecture Management Suites, Q1 2019” to find out how each of these enterprise architecture management suite providers stack up and pick the right offering for your firm. If you would like to discuss the report or your enterprise architecture management suite’s offer, please feel free to schedule an inquiry.