oa South African Journal of Information Management - Nedcor technology and operations : enterprise architecture (the knowledge-base)

Volume 3 Number 4
  • ISSN : 2078-1865
  • E-ISSN: 1560-683X



The purpose of this article is to emphasize the knowledge intensity of enterprise architecture in support of an enterprises' ability to be innovative, competitive and proactive towards change and, secondly, how this knowledge base could be managed to leverage value to the rest of the organization. Enterprise architecture reinforces and operationalizes three competitive weapons: business strategy, digital innovation and infrastructure development. It is the holistic expression of the enterprise's key business, information, application and technology strategies and their impact on business functions and processes. It typically consists of current and future state models of four key components, namely enterprise business architecture, enterprise information architecture, enterprise application architecture and enterprise-wide technical architecture. the enterprise architecture process facilitates the planned evolution of IT infrastructure, processes and systems. The enterprise architecture governance model provides the necessary principles and standards to guide a common vision in order to align business and technology requirements. The unique and very specific products and related processes for enterprise architecture are dependent on continuous and recent updates regarding business and technology trends in order to apply knowledge and insight gained to future strategic architecture initiatives. Successful implementation of enterprise architecture programmes is dependent on effective knowledge transfer to key stakeholders. Enterprise architecture value, for example the relationship between business effectiveness and financial efficiency, could be related to the following statement: the information coursing through a well architected information system is profoundly valuable, provided it is the right information delivered to the right decision makers, at the right time. Therefore, leveraging architecture value is dependent on how effectively architecture related-information and knowledge are communicated or distributed to the rest of the enterprise.

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