Assessment is the important process that we follow from our school days. In personal life, when we meet certain expectations through assessment, we move into next stage either it is in educational assessment or family relationship. Simply, assessment makes us comfortable to understand the reality and plan to move ahead. Similarly in business world, enterprise should go through such assessments periodically to realize the business and IT reality.

Today’s technologies obtained IT function from enterprise support function to core business function. Therefore, the efficiency of enterprise IT becomes important factor for business success. Enterprise CIOs and CTOs realize this importance and dreaming to take IT function to next level.  It is important for every CIO to realize the current state of the IT capabilities to plan for target state.

However, there are some open questions.  How do we assess and estimate the current capabilities of the enterprise IT functions? What methodology and criteria need to be followed?  What would be appropriate model to identify gaps between business vision and enterprise IT maturity?

Answer to all the above questions would be Enterprise Architecture Assessment. Enterprise Architecture is not a new product, technology, or jargon in IT world. Enterprise architecture is a strategic approach and principles followed by larger segments such as government, defense, aeronautics, space research to achieve mission critical goals. The EA approach and frameworks are simplified over the period therefore, enterprises can quickly assess and adopt.

At Aspire, we follow the best of breed assessment framework defined by Architecture Capability Maturity Model from TOGAF 9.1 and US Dept of Commerce ACMM. The IT architecture assessment model that we defined to assess both business vision and architecture capabilities, that makes the job easy to find the gaps and improvement opportunities.

As part of our EA assessment model, we focus on the following areas to measure accurate maturity.

  • Business and IT Strategy
  • IT Architecture
  • Data / Information
  • Contributions
  • Communication
  • IT Governance
  • IT investment / Procurements
  • Repository
  • Change Management etc.

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Hariharan

Hariharan is associated with Aspire Systems Inc, USA as Senior Architecture Specialist for Enterprise Solutions. He leads Enterprise Architecture, SOA and MDM solutions for various customers of Aspire Systems Inc. He has over 16 years of experience in the IT industry working with various technologies, strategies, and enterprise architecture solutions for fortune enterprises including GlaxoSmithKline, NAVTEQ, Schawk, Graftech, Cheesecake Factory, BCBS ND / Noridian.

Hariharan is also a author of book Oracle AIA FP 11gR1: Essentials published by Packt Publishing, UK, and is also a well-known contributor to the SOA community through his blogs published on IT Toolbox and Sys-Con Media. He is also a presenting papers for NCOAUG conferences.