Enterprise architecture is booming. The recent coronavirus pandemic has taught us that business adaptability is key to long-term survival. Agility and flexibility are needed to cope with challenges that the modern landscape throws at businesses looking to secure their position in the field. Enterprise architecture is part of the answer when it comes to keeping your head above water facing current difficulties.
With this in mind, let’s look at the 7 enterprise architecture trends to find out where the focus needs to be over the course of the coming months.
- Change by design
Coordinating team efforts by design enables agility and communality in projects. Moreover, it helps to align stakeholders with the strategy of the enterprise. As a twist on design thinking, change by design facilitated by enterprise architecture brings about the desired agility to face modern difficulties and achieve desired change.
- Enterprise architecture as a product
The value brought forward by enterprise architecture is becoming increasingly clear. Measuring this value creates an opportunity for enterprise architecture as a product as it forwards the opportunity for stand-alone business consumed by business users.
- Business capabilities as catalyst for growth
Using enterprise architecture to chart business capabilities and thus forwarding new opportunities. Strategic value is therefore brought about by measuring and charting through enterprise architecture.
Modeling enterprise data and visualizing procedures brings about enterprise-wide insights. By partnering up with different disciplines across the business, enterprise architects turn abstract assumptions into concrete insights.
- Value shift
Enterprise architecture is able to identify value in an early stage and thus generate increased revenue to the vendor. This creates added value to the business and thus shifts value in the chain of business.
- AI for smarter design practices
Using artificial intelligence to facilitate smart design processes and consequently achieving quicker decision making translates to more intelligent architectures that safeguard future business outcomes. Predictions can thus be made more accurately, changing the game of business agility or transformation.
- Enterprise architecture to achieve sustainability goals
Sustainability goals are becoming more and more of a pressing issue. Enterprise architecture methods and tools seem to meet the demands for planning and designing ways to achieve sustainability goals. Enterprise architects are increasingly asked to help model these goals in alignment with business structures and other objectives.
Lean in in the trends
BiZZdesign, one of the market leading providers of enterprise architecture software, identifies the above trends and accredits the need for agility and flexibility in modern businesses.