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Capturing the Organization Organism: An Outside-In Approach to Enterprise Architecture by John Alexander

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CHAPTER 8

Closing Summary

In this book we have defined and described a number of key concepts, including the following cornerstones:

  • An organization operates within its chosen environment, and EA must support its operations in that environment.
  • Changes to the environment impact its EA. As such, the EA must be flexible enough to adapt.

The process of developing the EA can be a lengthy and costly exercise, and thus the EA should not be left on the shelf to gather dust. An EA’s primary purpose is to provide the organization, which invests in it, with a roadmap to the future of a significant investment in information processing, storage, and management that is the organization’s IT portfolio. This map, as a reminder, must include three major ...

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