Why Enterprise Architecture Is Important for New CIOs

Why Enterprise Architecture Is Important for New CIOs

This IDC Perspective gives a basic overview of an enterprise initiative for newly appointed CIOs and a springboard on which to base further refinement. We break it down into a simple approach that is straightforward to follow for new CIOs at organizations that have never pursued an enterprise architecture, or a framework on which to launch more advanced variants. Future perspectives will share common pitfalls and cautionary notes to keep in mind as well as an approach to exploring and ranking relevant emerging technologies."I'm continually surprised that this very basic building block for an IT organization is not in place in many organizations. New CIOs should take this meaningful step to bond with their internal customers and use this activity to get a jump-start in creating a strategic plan," says Cora Carmody, adjunct research advisor for IDC's IT Executive Program (IEP).

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Executive Snapshot
Situation Overview
What Is Enterprise Architecture?
Establishing the Enterprise Architecture Initiative
Creating Support for the EA Initiative
Identify Strategic Transformation Initiative
To-Be Architecture Model
Focused As-Is Architecture Discovery
Road Map of Projects
Additional Benefits of an Enterprise Architecture
Advice for the Technology Leader
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