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Taxonomy of purpose of Enterprise Architecture

Syynimaa, N. (2010) Taxonomy of purpose of Enterprise Architecture. In: 12th International Conference on Informatics and Semiotics in Organisations, ICISO 2010, 19 - 21 July 2010, Reading, UK.

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Initial phase of all Enterprise Architecture (EA) initiatives is important. One of the most crucial tasks in that phase is to sell EA to the top management by explaining its purpose. In this paper, by using semiotic framework we show that there is a clear gap between the definition of EA and its purpose. Contribution of this paper is a taxonomy that expands knowledge of pragmatics of EA, and that can be used as a tool for explaining the purpose of EA. Grounded theory is used to form the taxonomy. Data is collected from a discussion group used by EA practitioners. Results indicate that the purpose of EA is to meet organisations‟ stakeholder‟s goals and to create value to organisation. Results are in line with current literature. Most interesting result is that EA practitioners seem to realise that technical solutions are not the purpose of EA, but means for fulfilling it.

Item Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Divisions:Henley Business School > Business Informatics, Systems and Accounting
ID Code:36289
Uncontrolled Keywords:Enterprise Architecture, Grounded Theory, Semiotic framework


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