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6/26/16IFSM 311 7380 Enterprise Architecture (2165)Enterprise Architecture Justification PaperCIOs are under increased pressure from business leaders to show the business relevance and value of IT. Leading CIOs are using the EA process as a key to transforming IT and addressing this challenge. The EA program institutes a collaborative, shared planning process. EA teams work with business and IT stakeholders to define a future-state vision in terms of requirements, principles and models. They then compare the future-state vision to the current state, identifies gaps and plan investments to fill them. EA is not IT-focused, but business-driven and comprehensive. The business viewpoint identifies the processes and standards that the business functions with every day. The application viewpoint describes the collaboration between different processes andstandards used by the organization. The information viewpoint describes and assembles the raw data in the organization such as presentations, databases, and spreadsheets that an organization needs to efficiently operate. The technology viewpoint describes the hardware, software, programming and networking system that is used by an organization. The future-state vision helps coordinate the analysis of and develop a plan to harmonize required changes in business functions and processes, information and data provisioning, technology capabilities and application solutions. An effective EA program will help align IT investments with long-term strategy, reduce risk, deliver higher-quality information and engineer adaptive solutions and technical services.
The benefits of enterprise architecture are achieved through its direct and indirect contributions to organizational goals. There are several advantages using the Enterprise architecture model.