An Enterprise Architecture provides visibility of
- What the business does.
- Why is does it.
- How it does it.
- How well it does it.
Understanding the business, as it currently is, allows for an assessment of the maturity of the business supporting the establishment of a baseline against which future progress may be measured.
Injecting into the mix specific goals, the achievement of which are regarded as being essential in moving towards realising the mission or vision of the business , an Enterprise Architecture can assist I identifying
- Gaps in business capability that need to be filled
- Deficiencies in Capabilities and Business Functions that need to be enhanced
- Functions that the business carries out, that are not core and should be dropped.
Understanding the business and its baselined capabilities, at any point in time, provides key input into how the maturing process can take place.
Depending on the ability of the business to deliver it may be possible to achieve specific goals in a single step. More often, because of inter-dependencies between business components or lack of capability, achieving an ultimate goal will require a stepped approach, positioning the business in an intermediate state, before progressing further.
A fully maintained Enterprise Architecture can provide visibility of a moving baseline and shape the decisions that need to be made to progress efficiently and effectively.
Supporting the answers to the questions
- What needs to be done?
- When does it need to be done?
- In what sequence do I do it?
the business can mature towards realising its goals.