An Organization's Mission Through Optimal Performance Of Its Core Business Processes Within An Efficient Organization

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Enterprise Architecture is a relatively new field which has, in recent years, firmly implanted itself as an increasingly integral facet within information technology (IT) companies. It is meant to provide structure to the company’s IT department through strategic organization of the department’s assets. More specifically, the concept is meant to manage an enterprise’s IT resources in an effort to streamline and organize the laborious process associated with large-scale IT projects and the chaotic environment they foment (Harrell, 2011, p. xii). This is done through a streamlining process that “establishes the organization-wide roadmap to achieve an organization’s mission through optimal performance of its core business processes within an efficient [IT] environment” (Schekkermann, 2006, p. i). The practice effectively builds a schematic for the company and its procedures as it strives to fulfill its operational endeavors. The name is derived by pulling from the various fields of conventional architecture, but also “software engineering, software architecture, and systems engineering” (Harrell, 2011, p. xii). Enterprise Architecture has been present for a number of decades and has struggled to define itself as a crucial aspect of IT management. Mixed results have hampered this cause as Harrell notes that “success rate does not appear to be appreciably higher than it was before enterprise architecture was widely employed” (Harrell, 2011, p. xii). Some argue that this is due

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