We have surveyed about the maturity assessment of Enterprise Architecture practices worldwide from April 22 to May 15, 2021. 230 individuals answered eleven questions in this survey mostly from organizations with over 5,000 employees. 89% of them were architects as shown in the figure below.

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It's not too late to take the survey available on this webpage:

This assessment will only take 7 minutes of your time. It will help you determine your own EA practice's current level of maturity. Upon completion, our team will send you a customized report! This survey is free, and your information will not be shared with third parties. We'll refresh the results of this survey later this year with a higher number of respondents.

Survey Highlights

Let's begin with the most positive highlights, as listed here:

  • 78% of EAs are involved in the planning of their organization’s initiatives, roadmaps, and projects.
  • 68% of enterprise architecture practices claim to be very or somewhat customer-driven.
  • 66% of EAs consider the business strategies of their organization.
  • 61% of organizations map business capabilities, compared to 54% of them mapping the business processes of their organization.
  • 60% of EAs are involved in the planning of their organization’s agile projects, epics, & user stories.
  • 54% of EAs regularly interface with business stakeholders.

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On a more negative note, these observations are also worth mentioning, as shown in the figure above:

  • 58% of EA practices do not assess their business capabilities.
  • 51% of individuals indicated that there is no mechanism to evaluate their EA practice.
  • Only 21% of EA practices are part of Strategic Business Transformation Governance Committees.
  • Business Architecture (with 61%) is still today the least practiced among the 4 traditional Enterprise Architecture domains.

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By examining the 5 steps of an Agile Strategy Execution using Business and Enterprise Architecture in the figure above, here is how the respondents to the survey answered on average. With step 1, Business Design & Strategy, people scored 58%. At step 2, Architecting Transformation, the score was 46%. At step 3, Initiative Planning, results equaled 52%. At step 4, Agile Delivery and Execution, the score was an average of 44%. As for the last step, Success Measurement, the score was only 29%. These aggregated results are summarized in the figure below.

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These aggregate results are the answers provided by the individuals that answered this survey to eleven questions described below.

Step 1 - Business Design & Strategy

Four questions addressed step 1 of an Agile Strategy Execution using Business and Enterprise Architecture.

Question 1 was “Does your enterprise architecture practice consider the business strategies of your organization?” Results are shown in the figure below. 66% of respondents answered yes.

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Question 2 was “What is the evaluation of your enterprise architecture practice by business stakeholders?”, as shown in the figure below. 37% of respondents answered that “EAs sometimes interface with business stakeholders, but EAs never receive any feedback or evaluation from them.” Only 21% answered that “they regularly interface with business stakeholders and receive formal feedback and/or evaluation from them at regular intervals.”

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Question 3 was “What is the scope of your EA practice within your organization?”, as shown in the figure below. 47% of respondents answered that “The EA practice is part of the IT department(s) of the organization. There are frequent interactions with business departments of all business units.” Only 21% answered that “the EA practice is part of a Strategic Business Transformation Governance Committee reporting to the COO.”

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Question 4 was “Is your enterprise architecture practice customer-driven?”, as shown in the figure below. 68% of enterprise architecture practices claim to be very or somewhat customer-driven.

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Step 2 - Architecting Transformation

Three questions addressed step 2 of an Agile Strategy Execution using Business and Enterprise Architecture.

Question 5 was “What architecture domains are used within your enterprise architecture practice?”, as shown in the figure below. As expected, System/Application Architecture is used by 81% of organizations. Business Architecture with 61% has still the lowest score among all domains.

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Question 6 was “What business architecture domains are used within your enterprise architecture practice?”, as shown in the figure below. Business Capability Mapping (61%), Initiative/Project Mapping (59%), and Business Process Mapping (54%) are the top 3.

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Question 7 was “Are the business capabilities assessed (measured) within your EA practice?”, as shown in the figure below. 51% of surveyed individuals answered “No” or “Not really”. Only 12% answered “Yes. Our business capabilities are assessed at regular intervals using customized and independent measurement techniques and/or surveys among customers, partners, subject matter experts, and business stakeholders.”

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Step 3 - Initiative Planning

Only one question addressed step 3 of an Agile Strategy Execution using Business and Enterprise Architecture. We could have asked one or two more in this section.

Question 8 was “Are EAs involved in the planning of your organization’s initiatives, roadmaps, programs, portfolios, and/or projects?”, as shown in the figure below. 54% answered “Somewhat. EAs are involved in the planning of your organization’s initiatives, roadmaps, programs, portfolios, and/or projects, but do not participate in deciding in the prioritization of initiatives (projects) from most important to less important.” Only 24% answered “Yes. EAs are involved in the planning of initiatives, roadmaps, programs, portfolios, and/or projects, and participate in deciding in the prioritization of initiatives (projects) from most to less important, using assessed business capabilities.”

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Step 4 - Agile Delivery & Execution

Two questions addressed step 4 of an Agile Strategy Execution using Business and Enterprise Architecture.

Question 9 was “Are EAs involved in the planning of your organization’s agile projects, epics, user stories?”, as shown in the figure below. 36% answered “Somewhat. EAs are involved in the planning and revisions of your organization’s agile projects, epics, user stories, not really using elements within their business and enterprise architecture model (many sources of truth).” Only 24% of EAs are really involved in the planning and revisions of your organization’s agile projects, epics, user stories, using elements within their business and enterprise architecture model (only one source of truth).

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Question 10 was “Do your organization’s projects have targeted business outcomes?”, as shown in the figure below. 48% answered “Somewhat. EAs are involved in the elaboration of projects’ business outcomes, that are not always based on strategies (goals) and tactics (objectives) originating from the sponsoring business stakeholder(s).” Only 21% elaborate projects’ business outcomes, that are based on strategies (goals) and tactics (objectives) originating from the sponsoring business stakeholder(s).

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Step 5 - Success Measurement

Only one question addressed step 5 of an Agile Strategy Execution using Business and Enterprise Architecture. We could and probably should have asked a few more in this section.

Question 11 was “Is there a mechanism to evaluate your EA practice (ROI calculation, other financial measurements, satisfaction survey, etc.)?”, as shown in the figure below. 51% answered that the EA practice within their organization is not evaluated at all. The results of this survey confirm that there is still a lot of work to be completed to optimize the EA practice of many organizations.

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Conclusion

Many additional subjects could have been addressed in this survey. For example, the variance of answers for each question is very high. In other words, some enterprise architecture practices have very high scores and are performing very well; while others have extremely low scores and are barely in existence. Another great question in need of an answer is to ask ourselves if there is a link between high scores and the financial performance of the organization? Plenty of other questions could have been asked for each one of the five steps of an Agile Strategy Execution using Business and Enterprise Architecture.

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