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Deducing Business Strategy Is a Unique Opportunity for EA Practitioners to Both Drive Execution and Gain Credibility

Published: 06 February 2018

ID: G00350675

Analyst(s): Marcus Blosch , Betsy Burton , Saul Brand


The foundation for delivering world-class EA is a clearly defined and actionable business strategy. However, strategy is often ill-defined or unactionable. EA and technology innovation leaders must proactively deduce and document business strategy to guide and deliver business outcomes.

Table Of Contents


  • EA Practitioners Who Do Not Focus on Their Business Strategy Face Insurmountable Challenges Delivering Valuable Business Outcomes
  • Leading EA Practitioners Are Actively Collaborating With Business and IT Leaders on the Formulation and Execution of Their Business Strategy
  • Scenario 1: EA Practitioners Can Dramatically Increase the Successful Execution of Their Business Strategy by Documenting Its Detailed Impacts, Constraints, Friction Points and Risks
    • Case Example
    • Recommended Actions
  • Scenario 2: EA Practitioners Faced With a Fragmented Business Strategy Have a Significant Opportunity to Increase Execution
    • Case Example
    • Recommended Actions
  • Scenario 3: Organizations That Don't Have an Actionable Business Strategy Significantly Increase Their Risks of Wasted Investments
    • Case Example
    • Recommended Actions
  • Scenario 4: Leading EA Practitioners Use a Deduced Strategy in Order to Initiate Substantive Engagement With Business Stakeholders and Increase Successful Execution
    • Recommended Actions
  • Bottom Line

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