I recently had a conversation with a customer responsible for Enterprise Architecture Management, who asked me if Snow could provide or support EAM. My initial first response was “We do not offer EAM, but we support it.” However now I would like to provide a more detailed response on how Snow SAM can enhance EAM.
Luckily, I have a friend I can ask about this, Robert Ehrensperger, who has just written a paper on the subject “Current Practices in the Information Collection for Enterprise Architecture Management.”
In 2018, Gartner evaluated a survey of over 3,000 CIOs and found that top CIOs are now more likely to be evaluated by business results than by IT delivery. At the same time, the work of my friend Robert’s research group shows that the main goal of EAM is to promote and improve the interaction between IT and business. And the success of EAM depends on what information is available about a company’s enterprise architecture.
So, what information is now required for successful Enterprise Architecture Management? The aforementioned work of the research group already gives a first indication in the introduction: EAM is responsible for transforming the “status quo” IT landscape into an “as it should be” IT landscape. In this context, the “out-of-the-box” reports by Snow immediately come to my mind, where the risks of the status quo can be identified at first glance. And I also have to immediately think of the comparative economics reports that the Snow platform provides.
According to the research, another goal of EAM is that EA models provide a holistic overview of business processes, applications, processed information objects, and the underlying IT infrastructure, which of course, is only possible with the corresponding data. Here it is criticized by the authors that other studies only deal with company-internal and not -external information sources. Therefore, corresponding questions were put to 26 EAM specialists. Product information, benchmark information, market information, usage information, end-to-end information, legal and regulatory information were named as essential external company information. These are illustrated in figure 1.
Figure 1 Enterprise-external information that may provide added value to EAM.
These are statements where you can clearly see the added value of Snow for Enterprise Architecture Management. Almost half of the experts surveyed consider product information, such as available versions, product life cycles, range of functions, and new trends, to be relevant. Thanks to Snow’s Data Intelligence Service, companies can use external information like this within the Snow platform and also pass it on to EAM or other third-party systems in a processed form.
· Gartner Survey of More Than 3,000 CIOs Confirms the Changing Role of the Chief Information Officer,
· Ehrensperger, Robert; Sauerwein, C. and Breu, R. (2020). Current Practices in the Information Collection for Enterprise Architecture Management,