Gartner Research

Using 'EA Lite' to Architect for Innovation: Principles and Best Practices

Published: 29 October 2008

ID: G00162077

Analyst(s): Nicholas Gall

Summary

By focusing on building a few general interfaces to manage many dependencies, globally complex organizations can build an agile enterprise architecture to manage rapid change and enable innovation. Here, we describe the key principles and best practices of this "EA Lite" approach.

Table Of Contents
  • Overview
  • What Is EA Lite?
  • Who Needs to Adopt It?
  • Why Is EA Lite Important?
  • How It Works: Managing Dependencies by Focusing on the Interfaces
  • Defining Interfaces as IFaPs
  • Middle-Out Architecting From the Narrow Waist
  • Putting EA Lite Concepts Into Practice
  • Best Practices for Moving Toward the Middle-Out Approach of EA Lite
  • Tactical Guidelines

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