Enterprise Architecture (EA) Management

Exostrategies views enterprise architecture (EA) as the natural extension of an organization’s strategic plan. The strategic direction of the organization drives the enterprise objectives that must be delivered by the operating organization. Traditional EA has focused on the information technology (IT) infrastructure as an enterprise, but this is only one element within the enterprise. Exostrategies’ EA management services focus on the integration of enterprise elements.

Architecture detail varies based on perspective, purpose, and objective.

Architecture detail varies based on perspective, purpose, and objective.

Different stakeholder perspectives drive the required effort for data collection and management, and development of decision support products. These perspectives include:

  • Enterprise – Integrate strategic goals and objectives across different enterprise segments.
  • Segment – Allocate enterprise objectives across enterprise elements such as IT, manufacturing, logistics, and quality assurance.
  • System – Identify interfaces, topologies, virtual and physical systems, etc. to meet the objectives of each segment subject to enterprise objectives.

Exostrategies’ EA management services leverage a structured architectural modeling process implemented within the Architex Decision Support Suite. Architex provides access to pre-built frameworks, such as the Department of Defense Architectural Framework (DoDAF), as well as augmented and custom frameworks that extend modeling, analysis, and reporting options to meet decision support objectives.

Architex enables linkage between Enterprises to identify architecture influences and impacts

Architex enables linkage between enterprises to identify architecture influences and impacts.

Most enterprises, especially federal enterprises, are not independent. Enterprises provide services to other enterprises. Structured modeling and Architex’s ability to link architectures provide the ability to examine the interactions, dependencies, impacts, and influences among related enterprises through an “Enterprise of Enterprises” approach.