Enterprise Architecture

AVIO has the expertise and experience to guide your company to digital excellence. We can help you better focus on your enterprise’s big picture by clearing the technical hurdles that set you back. We are committed to transforming your business into a responsive and agile digital enterprise.

Our enterprise architects will show you how they build models, crunch data, and create future states’ roadmaps. They will give you insights into how we can guide your organization through a digital evolution process.

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What is Enterprise Architecture?

Enterprise architecture (EA) refers to the practice of carrying out enterprise analysis, planning, design, and implementation. The aim is to successfully execute business strategies. An excellent enterprise architecture strategy is future-oriented. It is designed using the latest business process innovations, information systems, technologies, and organizational structures.


Our goals for your enterprise architecture include creating reusable and discoverable assets for your business. Other goals include creating a blueprint for the operations and structure of your organization. But the ultimate goal is to improve the timeliness, reliability, and efficiency of business information.


Sometimes, enterprise architecture is combined with project portfolio management (PPM) to better connect information technology (IT) projects with an organization’s strategy. Both EA and PPM enhance the capabilities of the organization. They also govern related functions and processes. What’s more, they improve the integration of skilled resources.

The Benefits of Enterprise Architecture

Embracing enterprise architecture has a notable number of benefits. These are some of them:

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Collaboration

It creates the perfect framework for increased open collaboration between business units and IT.

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Compare Results

It provides a straightforward way to compare your results with those of your competitors.

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Simplify Processes

It simplifies the process of evaluating your existing architecture. As a result, you can see how well it is aligned with your long term business goals.

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Risk Management

It comes in handy in IT risk management as a way of avoiding security breaches, errors, and system failures.

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Prioritize Investments

It improves your business’ ability to prioritize the investments to take on.

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Evaluation

It establishes well-defined protocols for evaluating and procuring technologies.

The Four Domains of Enterprise Architecture

The four commonly accepted architecture domains are:

This architecture domain defines strategy, organization, governance, and business processes central to the wellbeing of an enterprise.
This architecture domain describes the manner in which the physical and logical data management resources and data assets are organized.

This domain is the blueprint for the process of application systems deployment, interactions, and relationships. The blueprint should be in line with the enterprise’s core business processes.

This architecture domain defines the logical hardware and software capabilities needed to support deploying data and application services. It encompasses middleware, IT infrastructure, industry standards, communications, networks, etc

Enterprise Architecture Frameworks and Tools

Enterprise architecture framework refers to a standardized practice or methodology that businesses use to describe, change, and create their enterprise architecture. The EA framework is a structure and blueprint description of the assets and systems in an organization.

Sometimes frameworks are vague because they describe the whole organization instead of particular problems and needs. For this reason, there are several frameworks that can better help businesses implement EAP.

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The four most recognized and commonly referenced Enterprise Architect Planning (EAP) methodologies are:

  • The Open Group Architectural Framework (TOGAF)
  • Federal Enterprise Architecture Framework (FEAF)
  • The Zachman Framework for Enterprise Architecture
  • Gartner EAP Practices

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To effectively execute enterprise architectural planning, you will require specific tools. The most basic enterprise architecture tools are Microsoft Excel and PowerPoint. Other popular EA tools and software include:

  • Sparx Systems
  • Orbus Software
  • Mega
  • Planview
  • Avolution
  • BOC Group
  • SAP
  • Erwin
  • BiZZdesign
  • Software AG

Elements of a Good Enterprise Architecture

Good enterprise architecture should produce tangible capabilities spanning the six sub-architectural domains.

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