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Why Business Outcome-Driven EA Is Critical to SMBs Increasing Innovation and Competitiveness

Published: 07 March 2014

ID: G00261505

Analyst(s): Betsy Burton , Dawn Hubbard


IT leaders at SMB organizations are putting their business growth and competitiveness at risk by thinking they need to curtail their investments in enterprise architecture. SMB organizations must capitalize on EA to laser focus their limited budgets and resources on delivering key business outcomes.

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  • Impacts


Impacts and Recommendations

  • Leading EA practitioners in SMB organizations address specific business outcomes that increase business innovation and competitiveness, despite limited budgets and resources
  • EA practitioners in SMB organizations that focus on "IT architecture" risk wasting time, resources and political capital, unless directly targeting business outcomes
  • Successful EA practitioners at SMB organizations are even better at articulating the business value they can deliver than their larger organization counterparts


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