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Ten Criteria for Selecting an Enterprise Architecture Framework

Published: 15 December 2008

ID: G00163673

Analyst(s): Deborah Weiss, Anne Lapkin


Most EA initiatives adopt an EA framework to provide structure and discipline, as well as a vehicle for consistent communication of architectural concepts. The framework is simply an organizing construct, but having a framework is more important than which one you choose.

Table Of Contents
  • Overview
  • Original Framework Selection Criteria
    • Consistent and Structured
    • Business-Strategy-Driven
    • Iterative
    • Defined Process
    • Clear Deliverables
  • Additional Core Criteria
    • Useful
    • Customizable
    • Easy to Use
    • Broad
    • Simplify Communication
  • Align With Culture
  • Keep It Current

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