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Focus Enterprise Architecture and Application Architecture on Distinct, but Complementary Business Outcomes

Published: 20 June 2017

ID: G00328897

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


The juncture between EA and AA disciplines must accommodate different focus areas and concerns to ensure consistency across enterprisewide strategic objectives and business-specific decisions. EA and technology innovation leaders must coordinate closely with application architects to be successful.

Table Of Contents
  • Key Challenges



  • Make Application Architecture a Recognized Function and a Formal Discipline
  • Implement Clear Governance Between Application Architecture and EA
    • Enterprise Architecture
    • Application Architecture
  • Require Application Architecture to Represent the Needs of the Development Community in Enterprise Architectural Decisions
  • Implement Complementary Outcome-Focused Performance Metrics

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