Using the textbook and other resources, (a) provide a working definition of Enterprise Architecture (EA) including guidelines and building blocks that comprise the collaborative aspect of EA. Your definition must be robust and demonstrate your comprehension of the collaborative nature of EA, (b) provide some examples of the application of EA. In addition, identify the core activities of Enterprise Architects and associate at least one core activity as it is applied in the real business/IT world by citing an example of its application. (c) Present an example of risk management and discuss how risks can be mitigated across the Enterprise.
Enterprise IT solutions vary for each enterprise. The goal of enterprise IT is to provide solutions to the organization as a whole. This works well conceptually with EA and EA frameworks because enterprise IT systems and solutions provide support and data access for enterprise-wide operations and business processes. Most customer-centric enterprises have the need for specific enterprise IT solutions; Customer Relationship Management (CRM), Supply Chain Management (SCM), and Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) are examples. These enterprise IT solutions make for a robust EA. In relation to these three (3) enterprise IT solutions in a business-IT framework, (d) analyze the design, selection, implementation, and management of these solutions (CRM, SCM, ERP). Be sure to provide examples of your analysis to real-world business-IT scenarios. Finally, (e) present the details of these applications as they relate to infrastructure and legacy system integration using middleware and their fit with business processes.