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Enterprise Architecture Generations are used by Forrester to specify the different categories of EA Tools that are available in the market. Forrester identifies three different generations. Each generation has been introduced at a specific time to support new requirements of users.

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Enterprise Architecture Generations

  1. 1. Enterprise ArchitectureGenerationsThis compilation of research, gatheredfrom Forrester Research Inc.’seducational library, will help explain EAgenerations.
  2. 2. EA Generations “Like many software categories, the EA tools market has gone through an evolution that can be best understood as generational changes.” The Evolution From EA Tools To EA Management Suites, Forrester Research, Inc., September 1, 2010 2
  3. 3. Defining an EA Generation1EA generations are used by Forresterto specify the different categories of EATools that are available on the market.• Forrester identifies 3 different generations• Each generation has been introduced at a specific time to support new requirements of users 3
  4. 4. New Generations Co-Existwith Older Generations3There are not “good” and “bad” “This newgenerations, nor “new” and “old” generation ofcategories of products. EA tools, the EA managementEach EA generation corresponds with the suite, is notmaturity of organizations in regards to EA. eliminating theDepending on your organization’s needs need for earlierand level of requirements, you should generation tools...”choose an EAMS tool that corresponds The Evolution Frombest with the capabilities and functionality EA Tools To EAoutlined in one of the three EA Management Suites, Forrester Research, Inc.,generations. September 1, 2010 4
  5. 5. 1st Generation EA Tools• “Born” during the 1990s• Assembled data modeling with a repository that allowed multiple modelers to work together and share outputs 5
  6. 6. 2nd Generation EA Tools• “Born” during the 2000s• Business process analysis added, along with simulation capabilities• Major focus on project control rather than project portfolio advice• Focused on metamodel rather than on available functions across the life cycle of EA management 6
  7. 7. 3rd Generation EA Tools• “Born” in mid-2000s• “An integrated set of modules addressing a range of EA functions and objectives” – to offer a “management suite” • IT planning capabilities like road-mapping, planning, and managing of EA standards • Auditing capabilities for quality, risk or compliance (embedded in products or offered as individual project)• EA life cycle management – collecting and updating EA artifacts and continuing through validation, analysis, decision- making, controlling, and adjusting 7
  8. 8. “…we must recognizethat EnterpriseArchitectureManagement Suites’(EAMS) IT planningand governance,risk, and compliance(GRC) capabilities arebecoming an increasinglyimportant piece ofthe IT managementpuzzle, particularlyconsidering EAMS’ linkto the industrializationof IT along with project Figure 12portfolio management(PPM) and businessservice management The Evolution From EA Tools To EA Management(BSM) packages.” Suites, Forrester Research, Inc., September 1, 2010 8
  9. 9. EAMS Key Concepts• 3rd generation, also called Enterprise Architecture Management Suites, supports a broader set of roles outside the EA group3• EAMS provide support to numerous IT and business roles, such as CIO, project management office (PMO), heads of development and operations, IT strategists, risk managers and IT procurement, among others4• EAMS centralize the most-strategic information on IT and the business. EAMS artifacts are expanding from data, process, and organizational models into budgets, strategies, risks, and other information categories5• The leading vendors defining this 3rd generation do not yet address EA’s full scope with their products6 9
  10. 10. • Mature EA and IT organizations are the first ones to take advantage of 3rd generation EAMS7• EA beginners as well as directive and centralized EA organizations will be looking at 2nd generation EA first8“ “The risk of disappointment when adopting an EAMS is still relatively high, and adopting a second-generation EA tool that allows expansion to additional stakeholders – while the tool evolves – can represent a safer approach for many organizations.” The Forrester Wave ™ for Enterprise Architecture Management Suites Q2 2011, Forrester Research, Inc., April 15, 2011 10
  11. 11. To learn more aboutEA Generations The Forrester Wave ™: Download Enterprise Architecture Management Suites Q2 the report 2011, Forrester Research, Inc., April 15, 2011 11
  12. 12. About MEGAMEGA, founded in 1991, is a pioneer “MEGA is the mostin enterprise architecture and business advanced second-performance solutions. generation EA tool migrating to EAMS withMEGA is ranked as a leader in various strong GRC.reports, including Forrester ResearchInc.’s The Forrester Wave ™: MEGA is a long-establishedEnterprise Architecture Management player in the EA toolsSuites Q2 2011, April 15, 2011. market, starting from the first generation of EA toolsMEGA was named in two recent in the 1990s with dataGartner, Inc. reports. It was cited modeling and a repository.”in the “Assessment of EnterpriseArchitecture Tool Capabilities”, The Forrester Wave ™ forpublished March 31, 2011, and Enterprise Architecturenamed a leader in the Gartner “Magic Management Suites Q2 2011,Quadrant for Enterprise Architecture Forrester Research, Inc.,Tools”, October 28, 2010. April 15, 2011 12
  13. 13. ReferencesThis document gathers research from the following ForresterResearch, Inc. reports:• The Forrester Wave ™: Enterprise Architecture Management Suites Q2 2011, Forrester Research, Inc., April 15, 2011• The Evolution From EA Tools To EA Management Suites, Forrester Research, Inc., September 1, 2010 Source: Forrester Research.Inc. The Evolution from EA1, 2, 3, 6, 7, 8Tools to EA Management Suites, September 2010 written by HenryPeyret with Alex Cullen and Mimi An Source: Forrester Research’s The Forrester Wave ™ for4, 5Enterprise Architecture Management Suites Q2 2011, written byHenry Peyret and Tim DeGennaro 13
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