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This research note is restricted to the personal use of JD Davis ([email protected]). Build a World-Class EA Capability Primer for 2016 Published: 20 January 2016 ID: G00292930 Analyst(s): Brian Burke Summary More than ever, enterprise architects are charged with leading business and technology innovation, while also transforming the existing technology estate. Gartner's 2016 research will show enterprise architects the skills, tools, capabilities and strategies to lead in the digital business world. Scope This initiative to build a world-class enterprise architecture (EA) capability addresses how enterprise architect leaders must renovate the core of IT while innovating for a digital business future. It covers: Building an EA team to lead business innovation Leveraging the market of sellers to EA Reinventing EA to deliver targeted business outcomes Significantly elevating the value of EA across and beyond the enterprise Analysis Figure 1. Build a World­Class EA Capability Overview
Source: Gartner (January 2016) EA must balance the need to lead business/technology innovation while transforming the existing (largely technology) estate. The innovation challenge is driven by digital business trends that leverage emerging technology to create new business designs by blurring the digital and physical worlds. In almost every industry, there is evidence of digital transformation underway converging people, business and things. To be successful, organizations must adopt new ways of working and competencies to capitalize quickly on the opportunities as they arise. Vanguard enterprise architects are individuals or teams within EA practices who are primarily focused on leading and driving innovation with disruptive technologies and new or reinvigorated business models (bimodal Mode 2) with a focus on delivering business outcomes. Vanguard enterprise architects are playing a leading role in this transformation, with 70% of leading enterprise architects reporting in a Gartner survey they are either responsible or accountable for the success of their digital business strategy over the next two years (see "Follow the Leaders: Digital Business Is a Big Opportunity to Evolve Your EA Practice" () ). In contrast, foundational enterprise architects are individuals or teams primarily focused on delivering business outcomes by optimizing or maintaining the current business model, including the systems of record and maintaining the existing estate (bimodal Mode 1). Foundational enterprise architects are guiding organizations to transform the way they deliver services to an evolving set of service delivery models, including public and private cloud, business process outsourcing and partnering with organizations to drive new value.

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