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Enterprise Architecture Process and Framework; CIO Desk Reference Chapter 9, Updated Q4 2011
The Gartner Enterprise Architecture (EA) Process Model described in this chapter represents the foundation on which Gartner EA research is described. This provides a visual basis for thinking about the process by which successful EA programs are created and maintained. EA is a process discipline. Done well, it becomes an institutionalized part of how organizations make decisions to direct their investments so that the organization strategy can be realized. The EA process bridges the gap that otherwise exists between business strategy and technology implementation. High-performing organizations are process-disciplined. In turn, every high-performing process must be defined, documented, have process owners and be closed-loop with governance in place. The Gartner EA Process Model has been synthesized from best-practice research to document the EA process in the form of a high-level model.