ENTERPRISE ARCHITECTURE AS SEEN IN THE UNITED STATES AND CHINA

Open Access
Author:
Hsiao, Thomas Aaron
Area of Honors:
Information Sciences and Technology
Degree:
Bachelor of Science
Document Type:
Thesis
Thesis Supervisors:
  • Brian Cameron, Thesis Supervisor
  • Edward J Glantz, Faculty Reader
  • Brian Harold Cameron, Honors Advisor
Keywords:
  • Enterprise Architecture
  • Open Group
  • TOGAF
  • China
  • United States
Abstract:
This thesis attempts to analyze, explain and provide insight into the practice of Enterprise Architecture (EA) as seen in the United States and China. An understanding of how EA is used in various organizations on opposite sides of the world can allow for better means of overcoming challenges, enhancing efficiency, and enabling more effective development. Open Group members present in both the United States and China, in addition to TOGAF Certified individuals employed in China-based organizations form the sample subjects who provided the primary data used for analysis. Findings show that the participants collectively faced similar challenges with regards to the establishment and development of the EA program at their respective organizations, which related to lack of support and initiative from the organizations’ top leadership. An analysis was performed on the subject data in order to understand the current situation of the EA programs and to allow for informed suggestions on possible improvements. This thesis is presented with the hope that it will serve as a basis for future research and information sharing attempts to help increase the development of this EA practice.