Enterprise Architecture as Strategy: Creating a Foundation for Business Execution / Edition 1

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Does it seem you’ve formulated a rock-solid strategy, yet your firm still can’t get ahead? If so, construct a solid foundation for business execution—an IT infrastructure and digitized business processes to automate your company’s core capabilities. In Enterprise Architecture as Strategy: Creating a Foundation for Business Execution, authors Jeanne W. Ross, Peter Weill, and David C. Robertson show you how.

The key? Make tough decisions about which processes you must execute well, then implement the IT systems needed to digitize those processes. Citing numerous companies worldwide, the authors show how constructing the right enterprise architecture enhances profitability and time to market, improves strategy execution, and even lowers IT costs. Though clear, engaging explanation, they demonstrate how to define your operating model—your vision of how your firm will survive and grow—and implement it through your enterprise architecture. Their counterintuitive but vital message: when it comes to executing your strategy, your enterprise architecture may matter far more than your strategy itself.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781591398394
  • Publisher: Harvard Business Review Press
  • Publication date: 8/28/2006
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 234
  • Sales rank: 288,164
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 1.00 (d)

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  • Posted December 29, 2008

    Business Driven IT Strategy

    How can a company capture the greatest value from its finite IT budget (and avoid wasted expenditures from vision-lacking, low-value IT)? This is the question that is addressed by Enterprise Architecture as Strategy. Ross, Weill and Robertson have developed an effective method of IT strategy. At its foundation, it examines the business to identify the fundamental precepts of how the business operates. Through the discovery of the business¿s operating model, inherent implications are unveiled that predispose optimal architecture strategies. The authors¿ use of case studies is concise and illustrates their realistic approach. I would highly recommend this book to executives and staff that participate in IT strategy, enterprise IT budgeting, or program planning.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 27, 2013

    Its okay but....

    Okay book but the nook version does not have text to speach :(

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  • Posted September 1, 2012

    A Book That Every Accountant Turned Clueless CIO Should Read

    As someone who has been working as an Enterprise Architect for nearly a decade, I was still able to learn a ton of new methods, models and approaches from "Enterprise Architecture as Strategy." The book's approach to building an Enterprise Architecture is refreshingly simple and straightforward. It helps cure the biggest weakness of all Enterprise Architecture efforts that I have been dropped into - IT not sufficiently involving business stakeholders. The book's use of operating models, core diagrams, business process analysis, and business involvement should be required reading for any IT executive. Unfortunately, most have no idea what is going on. Full of wonderfully detailed case studies that show how to apply the concepts, this book will remain on your desk as a reference for years to come. Extricate yourself from the typical Enterprise Architecture death spiral and read this book today. I wish this book would have been available when I started my Enterprise Architecture journey.

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  • Posted February 20, 2010

    Excellent book, I couldn't hardly put it down!

    This is an great book for anyone who is looking for strategies to implement a "business strategic plan". It is is really easy to "sell" technology but much harder to really get the business value right. It might have sold better if it would have had a more business friendly title, afterall that is the challenge, communicating to the business side of the house that they need to have a business plan and strategic direction then we can create the enterprise architecture.

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