Building an Enterprise Architecture Practice

Encountered this great article by David Torre. He covers some key aspects of Enterprise Architecture practices, EA values, its challenges and deliverables. Read on here –

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Enterprise architecture is similar to electricity in more ways than one. Like electricity, architecture is often out of sight, out of mind. That is until it stops working, at which point it becomes painfully obvious that something integral is missing.

Architecture bears another similarity to electricity: throughout history, plenty of people lived their lives without it. I would have loved to have witnessed some of the early-era electricians trying to “sell” homeowners on the concept of electrification. While the electricians knew how useful electricity was, the homeowners probably rebutted that they got along “just fine” without electricity for many years, so why fork out the hard-earned cash for this newfangled fad called electricity? In many ways, organizations without an enterprise architecture practice have a similar mindset today.

In this article, I’ll articulate the key value proposition of enterprise architecture and enumerate several of my own “lessons learned” during the instantiation of…

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Author: Abhishek Srivastava

Abhishek Srivastava is a Leader in Enterprise Architecture space at OCLC Online Computer Library Center, where he works on defining companywide strategy, governance and architecture with other application, infrastructure and domain architects. He has over 20 years of software development and architecture experience, including serving as lead architect on several major projects. He specialized in Cloud, data architecture, ML/AI, SOA, integration, and delivery of large distributed systems. Abhishek's professional interests are data management, data governance, cloud computing, integration architecture and Big data. He holds an MBA from Mccombs Business School and an engineering degree from IIT Roorkee. Abhishek blogs about Cloud, Data and Enterprise architecture at He can be reached at

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