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Enterprise Architecture Meta Models for IT/Business Alignment Situations

Jan Saat, Ulrik Franke, Robert Lagerstroem & Mathias Ekstedt

abstract Enterprise Architecture models can be used to support IT/business alignment. However, existing approaches do not distinguish between different IT/business alignment situations. Since companies face diverse challenges in achieving a high degree of IT/business alignment, a universal ‘one size fits all’ approach does not seem appropriate. This paper proposes to decompose the IT/business alignment problem into tangible qualities for business, IT systems, and IT governance. An explorative study among 162 professionals is used to distinguish four IT/business alignment situations, i.e. four clusters of IT/business alignment problems. These situations each represent the current state according to certain qualities and also the priorities for future development. In order to increase IT/business alignment, enterprise architecture meta models are proposed for each identified situation. One core meta model (to reflect common priorities) as well as situationspecific extensions are presented.
   
type conference paper (English)
   
name of conference 14th IEEE EDOC Conference (EDOC 2010) (Vitória, Brazil)
date of conference 01-04-2010
title of proceedings 14th IEEE EDOC Conference (EDOC 2010)
review double-blind review
   
citation Saat, J., Franke, U., Lagerstroem, R., & Ekstedt, M. (2010). Enterprise Architecture Meta Models for IT/Business Alignment Situations. In 14th IEEE EDOC Conference (EDOC 2010).