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Enterprise Architecture: Holistic Control of Enterprise Technology

By Dick Weisinger

What is one of the biggest problems that the rapid popularity of Cloud Computing has created? It’s siloed data. While cloud computing has great advantages, like cost and agility, it has made it extremely easy for departments to sign up for cloud services. The result of these uncoordinated signups is a departmental mishmash of cloud services, most of which have no interaction with each other.

While the IT department of ten or fifteen years ago clearly had shortcomings, the taking on of cloud services without a holistic strategy for the entire enterprise comes with its own set of problems.

That’s why Enterprise Architecture (EA) is making somewhat of a resurgence. In order to have a world view of how technologies like cloud computing and Internet of Things optimally work together in an enterprise is controlled by Enterprise Architecture.

Seth Robinson, senior director at CompTIA, said that “the days of strict IT control or rogue departments rolling-their-own-computing should be over. Everyone has to be building something together to ensure that the business gets what it needs for growth.”

A recent report by CompTIA recommends that companies try and use modern EA models. EA methodologies of the past were not efficient and often connected to a waterfall development model. Newer models like those from Zachman and the Open Group provide better guidance.

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