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Enterprise Architecture Management

Facilitator of digital innovations or gate keeper of old-fashioned principles and standards?

In the 2019 Capgemini Invent study “Digital Architecture Management in the digital era” 63 participants revealed their view on Enterprise Architecture Management and which role it plays in their organizations when it comes to technology driven innovation and transformation.

Capgemini Invent conducted a global market study to analyze the current role and importance of Enterprise Architecture Management in the context of digital transformations. 63 industry experts from Germany, France, Switzerland, the Netherlands, Great Britain, the USA, Canada and Hong Kong were asked to present their views on enterprise architecture management as an instrument in IT and business transformation. In addition, it was analyzed how agile working methods can be used to shorten innovation cycles and to support the business as a trusted advisor.

The top findings of our Digital Architecture Management study are the following:

  • Enterprise Architecture Management is an established function in 68% of all organizations that participated in our study. Nevertheless, according to 66% of the respondents Enterprise Architecture Management capabilities are mainly related to IT activities and the implementation of IT strategies. The involvement of Enterprise Architects in group-wide transformations falls short.
  • Our study reveals that the perception of Enterprise Architecture Management and its importance in IT and Business transformations differs significantly among the participants. 95% of Enterprise Architects stated that their department is delivering innovative and value-adding solutions in transformations. Nevertheless, every third Business and IT decision maker says that Enterprise Architects do not yet contribute to the successful design and implementation of new technologies.
  • However, the outlook is promising. 67% of participants outlined that Enterprise Architecture Management is already a powerful practice in their organization to facilitate cross-organizational collaboration in their company. 63% stated that this already accelerated technology adoption to increase time-to-market and innovative solution design.
  • Heavy investments are currently made to scale up new capabilities in Enterprise Architecture departments. On top of the Enterprise Architecture Management agenda are improvements to deliver the following value propositions: IT efficiency (68%), cross-organizational collaboration (67%), transparency (65%), technology adoption (63%) and standardization of IT processes (55%).
  • Surprising is the finding that the design of flexible and agile IT landscapes is only important to every third respondent of our study. On the one hand established companies see the high potential of Enterprise Architecture Management in transforming organizations and IT departments into the spearhead of innovation. But on the other hand, traditional ways of working in Enterprise Architecture departments are still present and not adopted to today’s need in digital capabilities and flexible IT architectures. This results in the necessity that Enterprise Architects need to become digital leaders – innovative and agile capabilities need to be part of the DNA of every Enterprise Architect. There is no digital business without digital architecture management.

Please download the study to gain more interesting insights.

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Dr. Guido Kamann

Expertise: CIO Advisory, Digital Transformation