EA Enables Phases of SDLC Enterprise Architecture Enables Processes IFSM 311 - Enterprise Architecture December 12, 2015
EA Enables Phases of SDLC Enterprise Architecture is the representation of all the components, processes, and policies of an organization. Architecture is the process of moving a business vision and strategy into effective change, communicating the current capabilities, and rethinking the principles and models that describe the future state of the company and facilitate their evolution (Fui-Hoon, Lee-Shang, and Kuang, 2001). Enterprise Architecture is a practice that takes a lot of planning and thought; while connecting the relationship between business initiatives that leverage technology in order to determine the pros and cons as well as develop strategies for that will transform the arcuitecture that is in place to the one that will be used in the future. The enterprise architecture will need to be aligned with the current business model. It should explain a logical structure for using the chosen strategy. The requirements to be met by enterprise architecture model are given by the strategic business objectives. The operational model of Enterprise Architecture should establish a baseline model relationship between Business and IT through the definition and description of the business processes of the organization. It is necessary to create cross- sectional areas as organization, IT Architecture and Quality, as well as many others. The enterprise architecture complements the phases of system development life cycle. The SDLC consists of serious of steps that system developers are supposed to follow when developing systems within a firm or an organization. The EA complements and facilitates the phases of SDLC by ensuring organizations follow the steps of SDLC well when implementing systems. The first step of SDLC is initiation. During this stage, the organization identifies the needs and weaknesses. Organizations have different needs and as a result, they need to implement different systems. The EA facilitates organizations to identify those needs. The organization can then identify methods that need to be changed or improved. In addition, the architecture allows the organization to recognize current and future objectives (Schekkerman, 2003).
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