Enterprise architecture as strategy – a bridge between IT and business. Relevant?

Ross, Weill and Robertson take a top down, strategic view of the enterprise architecture space. I like this broad scope and extremely practical view of how successful enterprises implement and view IT. In short the book brings IT to the center of defining and building the enterprise execution system with extreme care over where agility should be sought and where a capability should be locked into place.

This is NOT a book about technology. Rather it seeks to use MBA language to build a common ground between the business and technology.

Ross, Weill and Robertson define four basic types of operating model – Coordination, Unification, Diversification, and Replication. From a Citrix point of view each of these has implications for how a Citrix Delivery Center brings value.

My question — does anyone care about this stuff (EA as Strategy) beyond the Enterprise Architecture crowd?

3 thoughts on “Enterprise architecture as strategy – a bridge between IT and business. Relevant?

  1. This is a great book, but should be read in conjunction with the other great book by Weill and Ross (sans Robertson) on IT Governance.I think everyone that is involved at the architect levels around Citrix Delivery Center should concern themselves with EA. The CDC plays a significant role in the base building layers of EA. My two cents.CheersMichael Keen CTP, CCIA

  2. Thanks for the the recommendation – I’ll check it out. I agree that Delivery Center architects should be across EA.So, in your experience, how many are? Is this something Citrix can/should push?

  3. In my experience not many are Michael and I think this is some of the reason why "Citrix" is still used tactically as a point solution. This is something that I was working on with the Citrix Education team in building out the coursework for the next level of certifications (CCEE and CCIA). I have made a career out of Citrix over the last twelve years – from admin to architect – and I spend most of my days today speaking to C-level executives about the benefits of the Delivery Center and how it maps into an EA.I think this is something that Citrix should make a priority and raise the level of conversation. There are a ton of websites dedicated to the technical stuff around Citrix.I would love to help wherever I can Michael, just say the word.

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