An effective Enterprise Architecture is a virtual roadmap for the IT organization to transform itself into a successful business enabler. It allows for continuous IT-to-business realignment with input from all stakeholders. Creating an architecture not only involves many challenges, but also requires careful planning. InQuest’s Enterprise Architecture Solutions employ proven methodologies such as the Zachman Framework, ITIL (IT Infrastructure Library), or the Federal Enterprise Architecture Framework (FEAF) to coach and guide our customers to meet these challenges.
As the complexity of distributed computing environments continues to increase, many IT executives are finding their domains more diverse and uncoordinated instead of wholly integrated and proactively managed. Our experience shows that many companies consistently change or create new business processes every six to twelve months, whereas it may take an IT organization from eighteen to twenty-four months to develop and deploy the supporting technologies. Consequently, many business executives perceive IT as an impediment to achieving business goals.
Traditionally, most technology decisions have not directly included business managers. For the most part, IT staff have addressed technology issues rather than business issues when planning and implementing solutions. We have seen that this often results in a lack of consensus throughout the organization and poor alignment of IT efforts to meet business requirements.
InQuest's Enterprise Architecture Solutions help our customers increase the value of information technology for their enterprise by improving their ability to manage change, build consensus, and shorten the response time to changing business requirements.
We help our customers implement proven Enterprise Architecture Solutions. The Zachman Architecture Framework and the Federal Enterprise Architecture Framework (FEAF) are examples of highly adaptable frameworks that provide the catalyst for building a strong consensus on future direction, as well as laying the groundwork for a consistent approach to project coordination and technology selection.
We educate our customers in the use of the framework and methodology, and facilitate and help set direction for the development of a successful Enterprise Architecture.
InQuest recognizes that, just as every person is different, so is every organization. To maximize the value of our Enterprise Architecture Services, our customers can customize a program to meet the unique requirements of their organization. For example we can assist our clients with:
A well established Enterprise Architecture brings numerous benefits to the organization, including:
Any flexible Enterprise Architecture Framework allows critical parts of the overall Enterprise, called architectural segments, to be developed individually, while integrating these segments into the larger Enterprise Architecture. This allows for a smooth implementation while continuing to meet day-to-day business requirements. The business processes that support each segment are broad and may cross organizational boundaries. Unique business and technology drivers for each segment need to be identified and business and technology strategies developed.
By using this segmented approach, organizations can focus on business areas with higher priorities first, and gradually work their way towards building a completely integrated Enterprise Architecture from the Segment Architectures.