By 2018, Half of EA Business Architecture Initiatives Will Focus on Defining & Enabling Digital Business Platform Strategies: Gartner


 By 2018, half of enterprise architecture (EA) business architecture initiatives will focus on defining and enabling digital business platform strategies, according to Gartner.

 "We've always said that business architecture is a required and integral part of EA efforts," said Betsy Burton, vice president and distinguished analyst at Gartner. "The increasing focus of EA practitioners and CIOs on their business ecosystems will drive organizations further toward supporting and integrating business architecture. This is to ensure that investments support a business ecosystem strategy that involves customers, partners, organizations and technology."

"EA practitioners must focus their business architecture efforts on defining their business strategy, which includes outlining their digital business platform's strategy, particularly relative to a platform business model," added Ms. Burton. In addition, EA practitioners will increasingly focus on the business and technology opportunities and challenges by integrating with another organizations' digital platforms and/or by defining their own innovative digital platforms.

 Gartner predicts that by 2018, 40 percent of enterprise architects will focus on design-driven architecture. "It allows organizations to understand the ecosystem and its actors, gaining insight into them and their behavior and developing and evolving the services they need," said Marcus Blosch, research vice president at Gartner. "Many leading platform companies, such as Airbnb and Dropbox, use design-driven approaches such as 'design thinking' to build and evolve their platforms. Going forward, design-driven and business-outcome-driven approaches are set to define leading EA practice."


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