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Enterprise Architecture Solutions

Enterprise architecture (EA) provides business and IT alignment by mapping applications, technologies and data to the value streams and business functions they support. It defines business capabilities and interdependencies as they relate to enterprise strategy, bridging the gap between ideation and implementation. An effective enterprise architecture framework provides a blueprint for business and operating models, identifies risks and opportunities, and enables the creation of technology roadmaps. Simply put, EA enables IT and business transformation by helping technology and business innovation leaders focus on achieving successful, value-driven outcomes.
Enterprise Architecture Solutions
What is Enterprise Architecture?

What is enterprise architecture?

Enterprise architecture defines and documents the structure and operation of an organization with the purpose of determining how it can achieve its objectives most effectively. Through analysis, planning, design and implementation, it translates enterprise goals into IT capabilities. The advantages of an EA practice are improved decision-making, the ability to adapt to changing market conditions, eliminating inefficient or redundant processes, and optimizing people, processes and technology.

Importance of EA & common use cases

Organizations are living organisms, so they have to learn, adapt and evolve to succeed. The modern enterprise is also complex: decisions involve multiple technical and business stakeholders who don’t always use the same terminology, and thousands of employees across the globe must learn new technologies and processes on a regular basis to perform their day-to-day duties. It can take a lot of time and resources to research, collect, understand and share relevant information internally as well as externally. Enterprise architecture helps document and manage this complexity, turning all this data into meaningful insights. The most common EA programs or use cases are:
Digital transformation
Data governance
Application portfolio management
Data security & risk management
Regulatory compliance
Mergers & acquisitions
Big data adoption
Knowledge improvement & retention
Data center consolidation
Innovation management
Cloud migration
Artificial intelligence
Digital Transformation

Digital transformation

Embrace new technology to drive more value, such as developing new products and services and providing better customer experiences.

Benefits of an enterprise architecture framework

In addition to its traditional role of IT governance, EA has become increasingly relevant to the wider business due to rapid digital transformation and emerging technologies. In fact, Gartner says EA is becoming a “form of internal management consulting” because it provides relevant, timely insights management needs to make decisions.


While basic visualization tools and spreadsheets have been used, these are limited and generic solutions that hinder the collaboration required to methodically and continuously measure and maintain models, frameworks and concepts as they evolve. That’s why enterprise architecture management is more strategic and impactful when powered by technology to centrally document and visualize EA artifacts for better decision-making.

Alignment & central source of truth

Provide a central source of truth about the enterprise and how it operates using a shared, central repository with integrated views of strategy, capabilities, applications, data assets, etc., described in a common vocabulary.

Reduced risks & costs

Lower both the risks and costs of IT infrastructure, digital transformation and innovation management endeavors with EA insights.

Understanding & managing complexity

Capture, understand and articulate opportunities, challenges, trends and risks so business and IT leaders can address and better manage complexity.

Effective change management

Explore EA model elements, links and dependencies to manage change with quick and easy impact analysis through heatmaps, reports, charts and graphs.

Design thinking

Anticipate issues and change, build prototypes and test how the organization should work based on a design mentality driven by tooling.

New or more lucrative value streams

Identify opportunities to develop new or rearchitect existing value streams to make them more profitable.

Enterprise collaboration

Enable a wider range of non-technical users to participate in the design of business and operating models for successful business outcomes by democratizing EA.

Business & IT interoperability

Break down organizational silos and harmonize data across operational processes, applications and models with integrations to enterprise applications and third-party tools.

Greater operational efficiency

Balance and prioritize current operational demands, disruptions and opportunities against the long-term strategic vision and make improvements.

Why erwin for enterprise architecture management?

To do enterprise architecture the right way, you need the right tools for communication and collaboration with the business. erwin Evolve by Quest provides full-featured enterprise architecture software based on technology that’s proven its reliability and effectiveness for more than 20 years.

Our EA product managers, developers and consultants have deep domain expertise because they’ve worked with some of the largest, most complex and heavily regulated enterprises across the world. We partner with our active user community to address their needs, making enhancements as well as adding new features and functionality.

erwin Evolve also includes business process modeling functionality. And it is part of the larger erwin EDGE platform that integrates data modeling, data catalog and data literacy capabilities.

erwin Evolve provides these core capabilities to help EA programs succeed:

Flexible configuration
Collaborative web platform
Enterprise models
Central repository
Professional services
Flexible Configuration

Flexible configuration

On-premises or cloud-hosted with a customizable metamodel and adjustable user interface with user-defined views

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