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The word cloud shown above was developed by PEAF (Pragmatic EA Framework) in response to the number of definitions of Enterprise Architecture (EA), challenged to define EA in 160 characters. PEAF then condensed the word cloud into the following definition:
The purpose of Enterprise Architecture is 'to enable an enterprise to realise its vision, by strategic planning, architecture and governance, using models, guidance, processes and tools'.
At Deakin, the EA team aim to understand and assist the full breadth of Deakin’s organisation and operation covering areas such as strategy, services, capabilities, functions and processes. This includes understanding the four perspectives (or architectures) outlined below, in order to provide a holistic view of Deakin.
|Business||The business strategy, governance, organisation structure, people and key business processes|
|Application||The individual application systems, their interactions, and their relationships to Deakin’s core business processes|
|Technology||This includes IT infrastructure, middleware, networks, communications, processing and standards that are required to support the business, data and application services|
|Information/Data||Defines the structure of an organisation’s logical and physical data|
By taking a global, University-wide view of these perspectives, EA ensures Deakins's goals and objectives are addressed in a holistic way.