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Toolkit: Get in the Game and Assess Your Ability to Use EA to Support the Sourcing Strategy

Published: 04 February 2014

ID: G00255742

Analyst(s): Linda Cohen, Marcus Blosch


Cloud services create the opportunity, and increase the need, for enterprise architects to effectively influence the IT services sourcing life cycle. The attached tool assesses your organization's ability to use enterprise architecture to support the sourcing strategy.

Table Of Contents

When to Use

  • 1.0 Support the Development of the Services Sourcing Strategy
    • 1.1 Assist in the Analysis of Opportunities and Risks of New Sourcing Models
    • 1.2 Evaluate the Viability of Assimilating and Integrating New Service Models
    • 1.3 Monitor the Adoption of IT and Business Process Cloud Services
    • 1.4 Influence the Sourcing Governance Process, and Articulate Sourcing Maxims
  • 2.0 Help Source the Services From Appropriate Providers
    • 2.1 Influence Specifications for Pilots and Tests
    • 2.2 Recommend Evaluation Criteria for Selection Among Offerings
    • 2.3 Calculate the Long-Term TCO
  • 3.0 Help Negotiate and Shape the Contract Terms and Conditions
    • 3.1 Understand the Trade-Offs of Cloud Services
    • 3.2 Understand the Limitations of Modification vs. Acceptance
    • 3.3 Understand Which Terms and Conditions Create Risk
  • 4.0 Support the Management of Service Delivery
    • 4.1 Adapt EA to Support a Hybrid IT Operation
    • 4.2 Skill Up to Govern Your Specific Combination of Services
    • 4.3 Monitor and Report EA Risks

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