ENTERPRISE ARCHITECTURE SUCCESS: ASSESSMENT CATEGORIES OF ENTERPRISE ARCHITECTURE READINESS

Open Access
Author:
Xu, Mu
Area of Honors:
Information Sciences and Technology
Degree:
Bachelor of Science
Document Type:
Thesis
Thesis Supervisors:
  • Brian Cameron, Thesis Supervisor
  • Rosalie Ocker, Honors Advisor
Keywords:
  • Enterprise Architecture
  • Success Criteria for Enterprise Architecture
  • IT/Business Alignment; Zachman
Abstract:
The purpose of this thesis is to identify key success criteria of enterprise architecture (EA). Many organizations today have limited or no enterprise architecture initiative, but as forces such as globalization and equalization increase, their leaders are beginning to realize the range of potential benefits that EA brings to the table. This paper identifies key aspects that are representative of an organization’s readiness for a formal EA program. Leadership, expectation and perspective of EA, resource, corporate governance, current state, corporate strategy, stakeholder involvement and support, and business domain are key domains that indicate an organization’s EA readiness. Each domain is supported by both industrial and academic sources, with emphasis on industry due to EA’s practical nature. Within each of the domains mentioned above, guidelines for determining the metrics are clarified in the appendix. This paper examines key domains that indicate an organization’s EA probability of success, each domain’s characteristics, and measurement guidelines for each characteristic.