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Enterprise Architecture As Strategy: Creating a Foundation for Business Execution

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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, ...more
Hardcover, 256 pages
Published August 1st 2006 by Harvard Business Review Press
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Lori Grant
Mar 29, 2013 rated it really liked it
A should-read book on managing technology for managers, executives, and entrepreneurs.
Talbert Houle
My next master's course will require us to read this book.

A review I found helpful was written by Mark P. McDonald and is as follows:

Ross, Weill and Robertson do what no one else has done in the area of Enterprise Architecture (EA). They have made it understandable and accessible for the executive. EA is an over abused term, often by IT people to intimidate business users and others. Ross, Weill and Roberston provide a well researched, clearly written approach for enterprise architecture and how
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Robert
Jul 25, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Enterprise Architecture as Strategy: Creating a Foundation for Business Execution Jeanne W. Ross, Peter Weill, and David Robertson
Harvard Business School Press

In their Preface, Ross, Weill, and Robertson suggest that, until now, research and executive education have failed to make a breakthrough in understanding and improving IT architecture efforts. They then recall Albert Einstein's observation, "The significant problems we face cannot be solved by the same level of thinking that created
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Jim Loter
Jul 20, 2009 rated it liked it
Enterprise Architecture is quite an overrepresented topic at the moment with IT think tanks all having slightly different spins on what it means. In Ross and Weill's latest book, EA focuses on business processes and the operational model that governs how to align, integrate, and standard them. IT should be seen as in service to this exercise, not the driving force. As such, this book does not describe an "Information Technology Architecture" and should not be confused as such.

The book offers a
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Jason
Jun 24, 2009 rated it really liked it
Great view of EA at the strategic level and the use of models for business planning, not just systems.
Abdulaziz Hasan
Feb 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ea_read
OK, this is indeed a great book that position EA as a higher methodology in the enterprise stack rather than confining it as a mere toolkit for managing and governing your IT assets (cough, cough, TOGAF). I am betting it was a revolutionary book when it was first released in 2005 which rightfully forecasted the movement of organizations across the maturity levels into the fifth phase which is popularized by Everything as a Service model. If you have time then read it, it is totally worth it.
Denis Romanovsky
Oct 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
How do enterprises think about IT? How does enterprise operating model connect with enterprise architecture? Why is enterprise architecture important? How does it evovle? Questions that this book answers quite well. Though, this book is not fresh, it is still very actual.
Anjar Priandoyo
Dec 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
Basically an enterprise architecture for non-IT people. The benefit is there, decrease cost, risk, improve efficiency
Ozgur Deniz
Feb 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
Read if you want to understand corporate it
Ram Chauhan
Oct 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing
A thoroughly researched book with lots of case studies. A good reference for business models. A step by step approach for EA. Must have for enterprise architecture.
ojdewet
Feb 16, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Misleading title

Lots of basic general stuff but there are not practical templates to use in the workplace. Was interesting but very little new insights
Doug Theis
Apr 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Difficult to get through because so much valuable information is packed into every chapter. The best book on business/IT alignment I have ever read.
Mark Oppenlander
Here's a quick and easy to read book on the relationship between IT and business strategy. The authors are researchers in the field, two of them (Ross and Weill) from the MIT Sloan School's Center for Information Systems Research and the third (Robertson) from IMD in Lausanne, Switzerland. They take the research they have done on IT infrastructure at a number of businesses and cull a couple of major lessons from that data.

The authors stress the needs for firms to understand their operating model
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Stephen Bennett
I have now finished the trilogy... (IT Savvy, IT Governance and this book) by the MIT Centre of Information Systems Research's Weill and Ross. Whilst this is the middle of the trilogy, it is arguably more relevant to me as an Architect than the other books. The common threads of choosing an operating model and defining who has the decision rights are in this book, plus espousing the importance of having an Enterprise Architecture 'blueprint' to guide the organisation in implementing its chosen ...more
Shauntelle James
Feb 11, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I had finished reading VALUE INVESTING when I became partucularly interested in this topic. The Value Investing book stresses the importance of 'processes' in generating returns. That's when I decided to dig deeper into the business architecture. I am actually glad I chose this book! It was extremely enlightening and I gain a better understanding of my MIS course. I saw the big picture of how businesses operate and invest. I found the job of the architect designer entreeging; I never realized so ...more
Chris Munson
Aug 15, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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 ...more
Steve Whiting
Feb 17, 2016 rated it really liked it
Very conveniently summarises itself in the last couple of pages: "EA in many companies refers to a detailsed blueprint of systems, data and technology. It is now clear that EA is instead a business vision. EA begins at the top...".

And in a nutshell, that's what the book is about - it's the outcome of a serues of case studies and survey done by Harvard Business School, and their conclusions about what works and what doesn't in developing an enterprise architecture. They identify 4 stages of
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Jacob Sims
May 05, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: previously-read
This is a fantastic book that outlines and explains many of the business aspects for developing a foundation of execution within a company. With very little technical inclusion, the author strives to deliver a clear picture of corporate enterprise architectural maturity, and its correlation with various internal operating models. Clear and pertinent explanations paint a thorough and accurate fortelling of benefits related to developing various systems in a fashion that lend themselves to driving ...more
John
May 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great Refresher or Primer for anyone struggling to position their systems

An easy but informative read. If you're new to the concept of enterprise architecture then you'll learn a lot. If you're just refreshing your skills before diving into evolving your company it will give you that much needed outline to guide your actions
Marks54
Apr 11, 2011 rated it liked it
This is a trade book focusing on how to link organizational design and strategy implementation. The authors are linked to the thinking on "business models" and the Internet. There is not a lot of new material here but it is well presented and coherent. The general principles have been know for a while, but it is useful to see how they get applied in different circumstances.
Sebastian Giano
Dec 10, 2009 rated it really liked it
An in depth analysis of the new business structure that is needed in order to fully capitalize in the internet based markets and beyond. Very complete, and well thought-out. This book can be quite complex, especially for those with little or limited business strategy knowledge or withoutt an MBA in business.
Catherine
Jul 25, 2013 rated it really liked it
Very informative for anyone in business, working with Senior Leadership on Strategy, as well as those working in IT. I'm only a Manager Level, but still found this book very informative, even though it is directed more to the CIO level. Only complaint is it is a little bit out of date in some respects.
Marcos Moret
Mar 26, 2016 rated it really liked it
Practical and applicable guide to the importance of Enterprise Architecture and how to implement it in your organisation. Essential reading for anyone involved in rolling out a centralised programme of IT platform improvements.
Darren Smith
Oct 20, 2010 rated it really liked it
Good read bringing together some of the thinking behind the role that an enterprise architecture plays within an organisation. Can not say that I agree with everything that is said, although there is much useful information for IT and business people alike.
Ben Sweezy
Jan 08, 2010 rated it did not like it
Shelves: government
Oh man. I strongly recommend this book to anyone interested in the theory and practice of enterprise architecture and strategic information technology management. If you think that means I don't recommend this book, you might be right.
Wangyiran
May 15, 2015 rated it it was ok
and a little i could understand better, most of the book i don't know it ...,
i don't understand ,maybe my knowledge is not sufficient,i scan the book,and a little i could understand better,most of the book i don't know it means.
Evan Hoff
Mar 08, 2008 rated it it was amazing
This is a must read for those with a good background in software architecture--especially those with a consulting background. It helps elicit the big picture and puts some shape around large enterprises (or how they are supposed to be).
Bohdan
Dec 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I would recommend this book to new and established EAs. Book was published in 2005 but it doesn't affect its relevance to the subject in 2015.

Authors describe operation models, EA maturity stages. I also found a good explanation for IT engagement.

Brandee Terry
Apr 25, 2011 rated it liked it
This was a textbook and wow what a dry and boring read!
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