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Enterprise Architects: Complexity and Speed of Technology Change Make the EA Role More Important Than Ever

By Dick Weisinger

Enterprise Architects (EAs) analyze and communicate how to most effectively get business and technology sides of an enterprise to work together.

Enterprise Architects contribute in the following areas:

  • Ensure the objectives of Business and Technology teams are in sync and communicated consistently
  • Provide input into business decisions and are able to explain how decisions will impact both Business and Technology
  • Synthesize complex information about requirements, process, applications and technology to build models that can communicate effective strategies
  • Communicate and collaborate with stakeholders, business leaders, and technology leaders
  • Document and maintain a history of strategy, decisions, and rationale that is available to both business and technology teams

As technology becomes increasingly important for businesses, the role of Enterprise Architect is growing in importance and evolving in complexity.

Eric Drobisewksi, Senior Architect at Liberty Mutual Insurance, told technology writer Kevin Casey in a piece for Redhat that “the velocity at which technology moves, coupled with rapidly evolving customer expectations, requires an Architect to be more forward-looking and adaptable than ever before. The intentional architectures of the past, with their large amounts of preparation and planning, no longer fit today’s pace of technology—they will be outdated before they are ever implemented. The waves of technology change are coming faster and faster, and today’s Architects need to be equipped to enable incubation and exploration of new technology. They have to quickly vet these new tools, and determine what to invest in or move on from, removing critical barriers of adoption, which then allow agile engineering teams to move freely to respond to the greatest areas of opportunity.”

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