Conclusion: Effective ICT architectures allow organisations to become smart buyers of applications and infrastructure; and, ensure that technologies work together in a cohesive and effective way.  Attempting an ICT strategic planning project without an effective architecture carries three major risks.  

  1. The planning team will struggle to turn business ideas into ICT initiatives.
  2. The planning team will need to make decisions about potential ICT investments without sufficient time to analyse how well these investments may or may not work with the existing applications portfolio.
  3. Technical implementations may differ from the initiatives specified in the plan through lack of architectural standards.

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