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Select an EA Tool Based on Business and User Need

Not all EA tools are made the same.

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Contributors

  • Alessandro (Alex) Rosiglioni, Enterprise Architect, Entergy Services Inc.
  • Bruce Chernoff, Enterprise Architect, Greystone Managed Investment Inc.
  • Djamel DjeMaoun, Senior Enterprise Architect, CBC/Radio-Canada
  • Dave Keifer, Enterprise Architect, Christiana Care Health System
  • Huw Morgan, IT Research Executive, Enterprise Architect
  • Kevin MacLean, Enterprise Architect, Macklin Information Resources Inc.
  • Michael Fulton, Chief Digital Officer & Senior IT Strategy & Architecture Consultant at CC and C Solutions
  • Prashanth Pushpagiri, Enterprise Architect, Entergy Services Inc.
  • Russ Derouin, Enterprise Architect, Save-on-Foods
  • Yasin Alsagoff, Senior Manager, Enterprise IT Architecture, Kamehameha Schools
  • 5 additional anonymous contributors

Your Challenge

  • A mature EA function is increasingly becoming an organizational priority to drive innovation, provide insight, and define digital capabilities.
  • Proliferation of digital technology has increased complexity, straining the EA function to deliver insights.
  • An EA tool increases the efficiency with which the EA function can deliver insights, but a large number of organizations have not a selected an EA tool that suits their needs.

Our Advice

Critical Insight

  • EA tool value largely comes from tying organizational context and requirements to the selection process.
  • Organizations that have selected an EA tool often fail to have it adopted and show its true value. To ensure successful adoption and value delivery, the EA tool selection process must account for the needs of business stakeholders and tool users.

Impact and Result

  • Link the need for the EA tool to your organization’s EA value proposition. The connection enables the EA tool to address the future needs of stakeholders and the design style of the EA team.
  • Use Info-Tech’s EA Solution Recommendation Tool to create a shortlist of EA tools that is suited to the preferences of the organization.
  • Gather additional information on the shortlist of EA tool vendors to narrow down the selection using the EA Tool Request for Information Template.

Research & Tools

Start here – read the Executive Brief

Read our concise Executive Brief to find out why you should procure an EA tool in the digital age, review Info-Tech’s methodology, and understand the four ways we can support you in completing this project.

1. Make the case

Decide if an EA tool is needed in your organization and define the requirements of EA tool users.

2. Shortlist EA tools

Determine your organization’s preferences in terms of product capabilities and vendor characteristics.

Guided Implementations

This guided implementation is a four call advisory process.

Guided Implementation #1 - Make the case

Call #1 - Make a decision on EA tool investment and gather requirements

Guided Implementation #2 - Shortlist EA tools

Call #1 - Review gathered requirements and recommendation process

Guided Implementation #3 - Select and communicate the process

Call #1 - Conduct information gathering on shortlisted vendors
Call #2 - Finalize selection and communicate the process