Mapping the Enterprise
by John Wu, Enterprise Architect at Light Enterprsie Architecture on Apr 19, 2011
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The first thing for EA professional to do is to map the Enterprise for every one to comprehend a tangible enterprise. This presentation shares Enterprise Map experience which has been useful for both business and technical community. In the speaker’s experience, the Enterprise Map is the few EA artifact that has retained its value long after delivery. While other EA artifacts end up as shelf-ware (and hence long forgotten in the EA repository), sets of Enterprise Maps make it much easier to explain EA concepts (at least in comparison to the Zachman framework).
Not only does the Enterprise Map help to unravel the “big picture” of the enterprise, but it also facilitates enterprise collaboration. Gaining a true understanding of the enterprise is a collaborate process; this process is well-illustrated in the story of the blind man and the elephant. Thus, the formulation of the Enterprise Map also serves to create a culture of collaboration throughout the enterprise.
One can draw parallels between the Enterprise Map (and its function as the “ground work” of EA) and an engineering survey. The Enterprise Map is not just a glorified diagram output from a complicated EA system; rather, it is built piece-by-piece from the hard work and total participation of various stakeholders. In fact, the Enterprise Map does not require a complicated EA system – it can be prepared with basic tools and manual processes (e.g., Microsoft Visio / SmartDraw).
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