11 years, 1 month ago

Measuring the Value of EA: Part Art, Part Science

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Ben Geller, VP Marketing, Troux

As you know, Troux recently joined other industry experts in support of the Penn State Center for Enterprise Architecture (EA) program. The fact that Penn State’s Center for EA Architecture is receiving industry wide support and recognition is a testament to how the discipline of EA is hitting its stride.

On Wednesday, June 12, Troux hosted a webinar featuring Dr. Brian Cameron, Executive Directorblog image pr art science of the Center for Enterprise Architecture at the Pennsylvania State University, to discuss framework for determining how to best measure EA value within your organization. The webinar broke registration and attendance records and we were thrilled at the level of participation and engagement from attendees! (If you’ve ever sat through a particularly dry webinar, you know exactly what we mean.) We’re fielding requests for access to the replay left and right. And this tells us that we nailed it. EA professionals are out there, they understand that value measurement is imperative to their programs’ success, and they want to know more.

A recognized thought leader in the EA field, Dr. Cameron shared his insights on tackling the challenge of value measurement, which—while typically cited as a key area of importance for an EA program—is the least mature category in the discipline and the toughest to capture. When all is said and done measuring the value of EA is not straightforward or easy. Dr. Cameron’s insights highlighted – measuring EA value takes analytical skills and organizational finesse, making the task part art and part science. Sometimes results cannot be successfully achieved without third party involvement.

Troux has long recognized the challenges of the discipline. We’ve seen it across organizations of all sizes and all verticals. We’ve got some pretty good war stories. So, when we heard that Penn State was putting together a program to develop successful EA professionals who will be able to integrate business with technology and then analyze, justify, and communicate the solution to enterprise architecture problems, we said, “How can we help?”

As we mentioned in our last blog post, old data methods don’t work in terms of value measurement. Curious about what does? You can view the replay here.