- Where the business is going?
- Why it is going there?
- How it will get there?
- How well it is travelling?
- What risks, constraints and external influences need to be considered?
The ability of establishing the means of navigating through the business, so that the information answering these fundamental questions can be both accessed and analysed, can be realised through the establishment of an Enterprise Architecture.
As a repository of information and knowledge about the business and having built-in predetermined inter-relationships an Enterprise Architecture provides a ‘line of sight’ between Strategic intent and eventual outcome.
With multiple linkages between captured architectural components the user of an Enterprise Architecture can navigate through the business, using different paths, depending on what specific questions they may be interested in exploring.
Without an Enterprise Architecture the knowledge required to manage the business may be scattered, with ‘on the spot’ assessments constantly needing to be made as to the completeness of the knowledge and how it should be integrated.
If there are gaps in the business knowledge they are not always apparent nor are there likely to processes in place to fill them.
Having an Enterprise Architecture introduces a level of maturity to the business that would otherwise be lacking.