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Gartner Clarifies the Definition of the Term 'Enterprise Architecture'

Published: 12 August 2008

ID: G00156559

Analyst(s): Nicholas Gall, Brian Burke, Deborah Weiss, David Newman , Robert Handler , R. Bittler , Richard Buchanan, Betsy Burton , Philip Allega , Anne Lapkin, Greta A. James, Bruce Robertson


Two years ago, we provided a definition of the term "enterprise architecture." Our basic definition has not changed, but based on client feedback and development of our thinking, we have clarified that definition.

Table Of Contents
  • Overview
  • Distinguishing Between the Noun and the Verb
  • Distinguishing Between the Role and the Process
  • Emphasizing the Actionable Nature of EA Work
  • Clarifying Which Processes Consume EA Output — and How
  • Remembering That the Most Important Deliverable of EA Is Change
  • Summary

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