EA Capability Map

When you see a concept or a tool applied in many different fashions, it is probably a useful concept to consider adding to your EA tool belt.  Over the summer I had a chance to read Jason Burke's book, Health Analytics.  If you are looking for a copy, click here: http://www.amazon.com/Health-Analytics-Insights-Transform-Business/dp/1118383044/ref=la_B00CTTH1QG_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1380291667&sr=1-1 .    I don’t get paid any money if you do click here.

While Jason is an applied health analytic guru, I can't help but recognize how enterprise architecture is alive and well in his book.  Jason is firmly rooted in two things healthcare isn't just ready for:  EA and Analytics.  He and I believe that the returns on investment for these types of projects are a victim of there being “no guaranteed return” and the final solution cannot yet be productized.  In Chapter 2, Jason presents an Analytical Capability Map as the "five continents" of analytical competencies.  I am also finding capability maps as one of the reports found in EA planning tool sets.  Perhaps we can use a capability map to describe to executives the breadth of information we plan to incorporate to enable decision making. I suggest we need the following six continents of information to be capable of answering questions about our enterprise portfolio.  They are:

  • Goals and Strategies
  • Investments
  • Business Architecture
  • Applications
  • Information
  • Technology

I’ll use this capability map as a method by which I can organize our discussion in future blogs.

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