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The Distinction Between Enterprise Architecture and Application Architecture Makes a Difference to Business Outcomes

Published: 14 June 2017

ID: G00328898

Analyst(s): Stefan Van Der Zijden , Marcus Blosch , James McGovern


EA and technology innovation leaders seeking to build a world-class EA capability must engage application architects to clarify boundaries, provide context and enable line of sight between strategy and execution. Any misalignment impedes the realization of desired business outcomes.

Table Of Contents
  • Key Challenges



  • Establish Clear Demarcation for Each Discipline Based on How It Provides Value to Achieving Business Outcomes
    • Depict the Value Chain for Architecture Disciplines
    • Delineate Based on Abstraction and Scope of Solutions
    • Use Decision Domains to Focus Architecture Disciplines
  • Socialize and Adapt Gartner Definitions
    • Explain How Disciplines Interact
  • Clarify Boundaries by Specifying Handoffs

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