Why Enterprise Architecture Efforts Often Fall Short
A company (the enterprise) is comprised of people with individual and collective motivations and drivers that form how they react to situations and stimuli. This “culture” forms the underlying basis for how the enterprise works and reacts. Without both an understanding and integration of an enterprise’s culture, enterprise architecture efforts (as well as any other change agent activity) may fall well short of the expected levels of success. Further, understanding and leveraging this culture can improve the implementation time and increase the achieved level of success.
This paper explores the concept of enterprise culture (the cultural domain) and how it can be understood and then used to improve the success of enterprise architecture efforts. Some recommended actions are suggested to help the enterprise identify and work with and within it’s culture to achieve enhanced enterprise architecture success.