Enterprise Architecture as Strategy: Creating a Foundation for Business Execution

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Harvard Business Press, 2006 - Business & Economics - 234 pages
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Does it seem you’ve formulated a rock-solid strategy, yet your firm still can’t get ahead? If so, construct a solid foundation for business execution--an IT infrastructure and digitized business processes to automate your company’s core capabilities. In Enterprise Architecture as Strategy: Creating a Foundation for Business Execution, authors Jeanne W. Ross, Peter Weill, and David C. Robertson show you how.

The key? Make tough decisions about which processes you must execute well, then implement the IT systems needed to digitize those processes. Citing numerous companies worldwide, the authors show how constructing the right enterprise architecture enhances profitability and time to market, improves strategy execution, and even lowers IT costs. Though clear, engaging explanation, they demonstrate how to define your operating model--your vision of how your firm will survive and grow--and implement it through your enterprise architecture. Their counterintuitive but vital message: when it comes to executing your strategy, your enterprise architecture may matter far more than your strategy itself.
 

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I strongly recommend this book as a textbook on Enterprise Architecture. It provides systematic treatment of the subject with case studies to elucidate the many concepts explained. Liberal use of graphics throughout the text. Would have benefitted from the use of standardized EA notation such as Archimate. 

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An in depth analysis of the new business structure that is needed in order to fully capitalize in the internet based markets and beyond. Very complete, and well thought-out. This book can be quite ... Read full review

Contents

Preface andAcknowledgments
The Research
Who Should Read this Book
1
What Is a Foundation for Execution?
Do You Have a Good Foundationfor Execution?
How Do You Build aFoundation for Execution?
Why Is a Foundation forExecution Important?
The Benefits of Enterprise Architecture
Management Practices for Realizing Valuefrom Architecture Maturity
What Helps the Most?
The Evolving Role of the CIO
6
The IT Engagement Model
Continuous Architecture Improvement
What Is Good Engagement?

How Does a Foundation forExecution Create Business Value?
Goals and Overview of the Book
2
Key Dimensions of an Operating Model
Four Types of Operating Models
Applying the Operating Model
The Operating Model as Company Vision
3
The Enterprise Architecture
Distinguishing Between EnterpriseArchitecture and IT Architecture
Encapsulating Enterprise Architecturein a Core Diagram
Who Should DesignEnterprise Architecture?
Now What?
4
The Four Stages of Architecture Maturity
Key to GeneratingValue from Enterprise Architecture
How to Apply Architecture Maturity Stagesin Your Company
5
The Engagement Model in Action
Using Enterprise Architecture as anOrganizational Compass
7
Three Types of Outsourcing Relationships
Aligning Outsourcing Relationshipswith Architecture Stages
Outsourcing for Architecture Maturity
8
Leveraging the Foundationfor Profitable Growth
Managing the Architecture ThroughMergers and Acquisitions
Whats Next? The Fifth Stage ofArchitecture Maturity
9
Symptoms of an IneffectiveFoundation for Execution
Key Steps in Rethinking YourFoundation for Execution
Top Ten Leadership Principles
The Journey That Lies Ahead
Notes
About the Authors
Copyright

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Weill is Foundation Chair of Management and director of the Centre for Management of Information Technology at Melbourne Business School.

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