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For Enterprise Architecture Professionals

Use Business Architecture Tools To Align EA With The CIO's Agenda

August 23, 2010

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  • By Jeff Scott
  • with Alex Cullen,
  • Mimi An

Why Read This Report

CIOs intuitively understand the value of a well-architected environment but leave the details up to the architects. Architects, on the other hand, often don't clarify the CIO's intention behind the directive "Go create our enterprise architecture." This lack of communication creates a substantial gap between what the CIO really wants and what EAs actually deliver. To close this gap, EAs should take the accountability to clarify and align EA with CIO concerns. Fortunately, they have a ready-made solution — business architecture (BA) — to help them do this. Architects can use business architecture tools and techniques to tightly align their activities with their CIO's concerns and greatly improve their value.

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  • EAs Struggle With Goal Alignment

Table of Contents

  • EAs Focus On Building Architecture, Not Solving Problems
  • Use Business Architecture Tools To Align EA With CIO Concerns
  • Communicate Often With Your CIO

  • Leverage EA Skills And Tools To Manage Your Relationship With The CIO
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