Essentials Report

Role Overview: The Enterprise Architecture Professional In 2007

May 11th, 2007
With contributors:
Mike Gilpin , Megan Daniels

Summary

In 2007, enterprise architects face the ongoing issues of defining technology strategy and improving the overall effectiveness of enterprise architecture (EA) processes, but the imperative to merge technology and business strategy brings new challenges. Architects must also help drive greater business and IT agility, and that means increased scope, new technologies, and the need to work more closely with the business. The center of attention has moved to the intersection of business processes, information, and technology, and architects must drive near-term business value at the nexus of architectural strategy. This role overview highlights the issues that architects have told Forrester are their thorniest — IT alignment, business and IT agility, and EA effectiveness — and it points to relevant published research for each topic.

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