Fifty-two percent of organisations have a digital strategy, according to Gartner's 2013 CEO and Senior Executive Survey.
More chief information officers (CIOs) have begun to leverage enterprise architecture (EA) to drive their digital strategy that includes using mobile, social media, big data and analytics.
Organisations today are searching for ways to expand and improve efficiency of their operations, and this in turn creates new demands on CIOs and EA.
Gartner has identified business innovation, business strategy execution, behavioural skills and business strategy formulation as the important EA competencies sought by organisations.
"Senior business executives are challenging CIOs and their IT organisations to be at the front of digital strategy, identifying innovative new business models and technologies, and getting more business value out of each technology investment," said Marcus Blosch, research vice president. "Enterprise architects can provide unique capabilities to help CIOs develop a new agenda for 'hunting and harvesting' in a digital world."
Good relationship with stakeholders
Developing EA competencies help organisations to establish good working relationships with stakeholders and this fact drives enterprise architects to make their role more strategic.
Gartner advises enterprise architects to focus on business growth and innovation as well as use business-outcome-driven EA for organisational growth.
Enterprise architecture can also support innovation by providing the enabling and diagnostics deliverables as part of the hypothesis formation, setting up the pilot and finally, assessing the results.
EA teams can also create innovation management processes to support hunting for new opportunities and harvesting of current business value.
"With the global economy still struggling, enterprise architects around the world will need to use EA to help drive growth and innovation, while at the same time identifying opportunities for performance improvement and cost cutting at a time when IT budgets are flat," added Blosch.
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