Ten Criteria for Choosing an External Service Provider for Your EA Effort

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Summary

This research describes how best to use external service providers in an enterprise architecture effort and provides a set of criteria for choosing the right one for your needs.

Table of Contents

  • Analysis
    • 1.0 Enterprise Architecture: A Term Used and Abused
    • 2.0 Use Your ESP Wisely
    • 3.0 EA Is Not a "Project"
    • 4.0 Define How You Will Use Consultants Before Beginning the Selection Process
    • 5.0 Be Alert for Potential Product Bias
    • 6.0 Ten Criteria for Evaluating an ESP's EA Capabilities
      • 6.1 Does the ESP Have a Consistent EA Perspective That Is Compatible With Yours?
      • 6.2 Does the ESP Have a Well-Articulated Architecture Framework and Process?
      • 6.3 Does the ESP Avoid a "Project" Orientation for EA Engagements?
      • 6.4 Do the ESP's EA Framework and Process Address More Than Technical Architecture?
      • 6.5 Does the ESP Have a Standard Approach for Identifying and Developing Architects Within Its Pool of Consultants?
      • 6.6 Does the ESP Have a Standard Way of Describing Architects' Levels of Competence?
      • 6.7 Does the ESP Have a Consistent Way of Staffing the Right Architect With the Right Skills on the Right Project?
      • 6.8 Does the ESP Have a Track Record in Vertical Industries and Business Processes Relevant to Your Organization?
      • 6.9 Does the ESP Have the Ability to Integrate Your Preferred EA Framework With Its Approach?
      • 6.10 Does the ESP Have the Ability to Use the EA Tools You Prefer?
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