Gartner Research

Enterprise Architecture Tool Selection Process

Published: 11 December 2008

ID: G00163483

Analyst(s): Robert Handler , Greta A. James


Many organizations make suboptimal choices of EA tools by overlooking crucial steps in the selection process. Here, we set out a process to use as a template to improve the outcome of EA tool selection.

Table Of Contents
  • Overview
  • Overview
    • Determine EA Tool Objectives
    • Identify Relevant EA Principles and Models
    • Identify Evaluation Criteria
    • Assign Weights to Evaluation Criteria
    • Develop RFP Document
    • Identify Vendor "Longlist"
    • Issue RFP and Collect Responses
    • Analyze and Score Responses
    • Identify Vendor Shortlist
    • Organize Scripted Demonstrations
    • Update Vendor Scores
    • Identify Primary and Backup Vendors
    • Contact Vendor References
    • Perform Proof of Concept
    • Obtain EA Assurance
    • Negotiate Contract
  • Final Thoughts

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