Conclusion: Since the advent of e-Commerce executive management has become acutely aware that their business systems are transparent to their clients and their data network exposed to hackers. This has forced many to rethink the role of strategic systems planning and integration.

To meet the need and present the best possible image to clients many organisations have elevated the role of the EA (Enterprise Architect), often with an attractive remuneration package.

The EA’s charter, put simply, is to determine and implement the framework needed to:

  • Ensure all business systems are developed to meet the requirements of the Mission;

  • Make the delivery of business systems appear seamless to clients;

  • Reduce systems complexity and support costs by adopting common platforms to develop and deliver business systems;

  • Ensure the right software and hardware solutions are used and data is protected against unauthorised access.

Determining what framework is able to best support the charter as above and implementing the framework with its associated changes has both a political (organisational) and technical dimension. This means executive management and the EA need to think identify the best framework, influence stakeholders to adopt it and provide direction to staff who need to use it to develop business systems.

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Alan Hansell

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Alan Hansell

Alan Hansell is an emeritus IBRS advisor who focused on IT and business management. Alan specialised in critiquing and commenting on IT and business management trends, ways to justify and maximise the benefits from IT-related investment, IS management development and the role of the CIO. Alan has extensive experience in IT management, consulting and advising senior managers in matters related to IT investment. He was a Director in Gartner's Executive program and adviser to over 50 CIOs and business managers and before joining Gartner a consultant with DMR Group. He also worked as an IS professional, manager and industry consultant for IBM for nearly 30 years. Alan is a CPA and Associate of Governance Institute of Australia.