Enterprise Architecture

What Does Enterprise Architecture Mean?

Enterprise architecture (EA) is a comprehensive operational framework that explores all of an organizations functional areas while defining how technology benefits and serves the organization’s overall mission. The technological aspect of EA defines the hardware, operating systems, programming and networking solutions a business employs and how those may be used to achieve its current and future objectives.

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Techopedia Explains Enterprise Architecture

EA includes the following components: mission, stakeholders and customers, processes, applications and infrastructure, networks, and data.

EA facilitates improvement of processes in the following ways:

  • Discovering business processes that require change
  • Efficiently and continuously managing change via clearly defined documentation
  • Developing and implementing enterprise-wide procedures
  • Encouraging effective enterprise-wide communication, which, in theory leads to better decisions.
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