How can organizations demonstrate the value of EA?

6 Dec 2018

by Petteri Vainikka

Revealed: what IT leaders really think of the value of new EA.

Ardoq are the champions of new EA – we love how it reveals critical insights, answers pivotal questions, and drives competitive advantage.

But it's really up to our customers to decide its true value.

So we asked a number of IT leaders – CTOs, EAs, CDOs etc – the following question:

What tangible gains does new EA provide and how can you demonstrate that within your organization?

Their answers identified value around three key benefits:

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Benefit 1: Improved communication and greater transparency

New EA creates a single source of truth, drawing information from across the business and breaking down silos that block visibility. The current state is more accurately documented and future state more precisely envisioned, creating a clearer picture of how change in one area impacts other parts.

New EA empowers intelligent, data-driven decisions, with information easily understood by non-tech users. It opens up communication between technology specialists and board-level decision-makers to create a common understanding across the business leading to accelerated change management, incident resolution, development cycles and time to market.

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Benefit 2: A catalyst for positive change

New EA is flexible, offering a choice of tools, capabilities, and frameworks to enable the right methodology for the business. This drives genuine business transformation where EA functions as a change agent: "How do we achieve objective A, with processes, applications and technology, B,C and D?"

New EA provides the path by assessing the impact on existing systems, defining actions to effect change and identifying the kind of investments required.

This supports dynamic organizations in their decision-making, increasing the number of correct strategic bets the organization can take. Better projects are supported more often and more failures are averted.

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Benefit 3: Better ways of working; greater efficiency

New EA is freed from strict frameworks and rigid parameters. Its adaptable models can be adjusted towards each specific use case, enabling development of new practices, new processes and new technologies. Businesses can innovate, pivot with the market, and continuously improve.

There is wider collaboration throughout the organization, with a broad range of stakeholders working together to share knowledge and compare perspectives and ideas. Non-technical business people can add data into complex models and designs.

This means more questions can be asked to identify business needs, actual business requirements can be connected to tasks, and a map can be produced of how things are tied together that is much closer to the real-life terrain.

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