Gartner Research

Use Analogies to Market Enterprise Architecture

Published: 27 July 2005

ID: G00129426

Analyst(s): Bruce Robertson


Premium EA Research: To explain the role and value of enterprise architecture, analogies are useful. When used judiciously, appropriate comparisons can resolve enterprise architecture stakeholder buy-in challenges more efficiently than a bunch of words or presentation slides.

Table Of Contents
  • City Planning Analogy: Zoning and Building Codes for IT
  • Subdivision Analogy: Repeatable and Reusable Technical Architecture for Application Projects
  • Mall Analogy: More Shared Services
  • Manufacturing Analogy (ETA)
  • Business-Specific Analogy: Always the Most Valuable
  • Further Considerations for Analogies

©2020 Gartner, Inc. and/or its affiliates. All rights reserved. Gartner is a registered trademark of Gartner, Inc. and its affiliates. This publication may not be reproduced or distributed in any form without Gartner’s prior written permission. It consists of the opinions of Gartner’s research organization, which should not be construed as statements of fact. While the information contained in this publication has been obtained from sources believed to be reliable, Gartner disclaims all warranties as to the accuracy, completeness or adequacy of such information. Although Gartner research may address legal and financial issues, Gartner does not provide legal or investment advice and its research should not be construed or used as such. Your access and use of this publication are governed by Gartner’s Usage Policy. Gartner prides itself on its reputation for independence and objectivity. Its research is produced independently by its research organization without input or influence from any third party. For further information, see Guiding Principles on Independence and Objectivity.

Already have a Gartner Account?

Purchase this Document

To purchase this document, you will need to register or sign in above

Become a client

Learn how to access this content as a Gartner client.