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Job titles are often effortless in their descriptiveness. Project Manager, Business Analyst, System Tester and .Net Developer are good examples because the subject is concise and the predicate modifies successfully, all meaning some semblance of what a person does can be derived from it.

However with 'Enterprise Architecture' and 'Enterprise Architect' it’s not entirely obvious what the position is and what someone holding that position does, inevitably leading to the need for further description which predictably stumbles into the second problem, the woefully dire and contrasting descriptions of that we do that litter almost every Enterprise Architecture methodology and practitioners blog. No wonder the meaning is different from organisation to organisation and therefore what an Enterprise Architect does (or doesn’t) and get involved in. Inconclusion the Enterprise Architect is hindered from the get-go.

So what are the solution options?

1) Educate everyone on Enterprise Architecture – Many are hoping that time and tide will eventually solve this one but without a united vision I fear that this is little more than a hope.

2) Break-up Enterprise Architecture into it’s constituent parts and give each one an individual role – More realistic as this ensure that the activities under Enterprise Architecture have individual focus and therefore are likely to happen rather than get lost, diluted or ignored.

What do you think?

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Posted on Wednesday, June 25, 2008 6:32 PM Main , Technical Architecture , Enterprise Architecture | Back to top

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