Prioritise IT Project Implementation with Enterprise Architecture

Prioritise IT Project Implementation with Enterprise Architecture

Enterprise Architecture (EA) has become the fastest growing and in-demand management principle that is now defining as effective and sustainable IT best practices adopted in organisations. Together with Business Analysis and Project Management practices as the strategic skillsets, EA will assist project managers and IT professionals to prioritise IT-based projects by mapping them to a business capability model. This systematic approach analyses IT investments in planned initiatives, programs, projects and ongoing IT services maintenance to rationalise investment evaluation.

Figure 1:The relationship of EA and Project Portfolio Management

Large organisations must overcome the complexity when scaling up the operations in order to plan and execute IT projects successfully. The heavy burden of complexity in IT shows that the organisations are lack of visibility of the consequences during any proposed technology projects. To overcome this heavy burden of IT complexity needs, applying EA decisions can lead to effective results with optimised resources, technology investment values and deliver new business capabilities through successful IT project implementation.

To ensure coordinated IT projects across the entire organisation, the project management office needs a clearer view on how the project may impact the business and technology landscape. When organisations link together between EA and Project management practices in prioritising the technology projects, fast and minimal risk implementation can be guaranteed as EA is able to tie all domains of the organisation and they are able to work together to ensure IT projects’ success even with different specialised skillsets.

Tying Enterprise Architecture and Project Management

In order for EA and project management to be able to complement each other, there are few things that should be considered to create value through collaboration and common delivery touch points in a typical technology project.

  1. Develop robust unified governance for EA and Project Management to identify and align common governance points within an organisation to simplify where commonly possible.
  2. Establish groups that have a specific goal and structure in support of Enterprise Architecture and Project Management to collaborate within the organisation. The particular reason for the circumstance is to better deliver the IT architecture projects with minimal risks.
  3. Review, document, and train the organisation on both EA and Project Management processes’ touch points for the exact purpose of enabling flexibility within the organisation and to ensure compliance for governance activities.
  4. Create and constantly update a central EA repository as a single-source-of-truth for all relevant IT projects, EA and Project Management artefacts that include current and future state, standards, and governance that can be leveraged and reused for consistency, traceability and acceleration.

Figure 2: The relationship between EA, PM, ITSM and EA Repository

EA and Project Management each plays a crucial role in prioritising IT projects and ensure technology investment value is being created through different business activities even the difference between them may seem insignificant. In fact, “EA = Project Management – 1” that is very critical for organisations to note when embarking on IT projects, a collaborative effort and relationship between both functions need to be established as EA will ensure and support the success of IT project implementation.

Join ATD Solution, the sole authorised training provider of IASA’s enterprise architecture certification programmes in Asia Pacific and PMAS (Project Management Association Singapore) upcoming IASA / PMAS Webinar: Prioritise IT Architecture projects with Enterprise Architecture this 25th February 2021 at 7.00PM (+8GMT/CST) to find out more on the various aspects on establishing Digital EA Roadmap to drive business capabilities. Register here.

Author: Aaron Tan Dani

President of Singapore Computer Society EA-Chapter [email protected]
Founder and Chairman of Iasa Asia Pacific [email protected]
Aaron Tan Dani, Chief Architect of ATD Solution [email protected]  

Related websites:

Join the EA activities in Singapore and learn how you can implement Digital-Business-driven EA in your organisation.
Computer Society EA-Chapter: Home - Singapore Computer Society (scs.org.sg) and

Learn more about ITABoK (IT Architecture Body of Knowledge) skillsets and about the roles, scopes and impacts of EA Specializations.
IASA: www.iasahome.org

Acquire successful Digital Transformation adoption with ATD Enterprise Architecture consulting and training services.
ATD Solution: www.atdsolution.com


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