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Seven Best Practices for Successful EA Tool Selection

Published: 18 September 2012

ID: G00229747

Analyst(s): Chris Wilson


Important considerations are often ignored before an enterprise tool purchase, resulting in a tool that can't meet enterprise architecture needs and never gets used. Using these seven best practices before buying a tool will help EA teams avoid this error.

Table Of Contents
  • Key Challenges



  • Determine Whether You Actually Need an EA Tool, and What Problem You're Trying to Solve
  • Consider the Maturity and Scope of the EA Activities That Will Be Supported by the Tool
  • Develop Use Cases to Define and Test Your Tool Requirements and Benefits
  • Identify a Proof-of-Concept Project That Will Allow Users to Pilot the Tool
  • Determine What Tools Are Already Being Used in the Organization
  • Consider Your Organizational Culture
  • Consider Who Will Be Using the Tool, and the Usability and "Ownership" Issues This Raises
  • Summary

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