This article provides an overview and summary of the COBIT 5 process Manage Enterprise Architecture, which is part of the Management – Plan (Align, Plan and Organise) domain.
The purpose of this COBIT 5 process is to implement a common architecture consisting of organisation process, information, data, application and technology architecture layers to effectively and efficiently deliver IT strategies by ensuring:
- The architecture and standards are effective in supporting the organisation.
- A portfolio of organisational architecture services supports agile changes.
- Appropriate and up-to-date domain and/or federated architectures exist.
- A common enterprise architecture framework to enable re-use efficiencies across the enterprise.
The following sub-governance processes are further supported by a list of control activities:
- Develop the enterprise architecture vision. The architecture vision provides a first-cut, high-level description of the baseline and target architectures, covering the organisation, information, data, and application and technology domains.
- Define reference architecture. The reference architecture describes the current and target architectures.
- Select opportunities and solutions. Rationalise the gaps between baseline and target architectures, taking both organisation and technical perspectives, and logically group them into project work packages.
- Define architecture implementation. Viable implementation and migration plan in alignment with the programme and project portfolios.
- Provide enterprise architecture services. Provide effective and efficient enterprise architecture services within the organisation.
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