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Developing a Standard Enterprise Architecture Practice

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Developing a Standard Enterprise Architecture Practice

Enterprise architecture is a critical component of Intel’s IT strategy. Enterprise architects map the way that technology and information help Intel achieve its current and future business goals. They produce strategic and solution-specific architectures used by all major IT projects at Intel, and partner with Intel IT strategic planning, engineering, and operations groups to deliver solutions based on these enterprise architectures.

Enterprise architecture has become increasingly important as Intel’s business processes become more reliant on technology. To achieve the full benefits of enterprise architecture, such as reuse of technology and processes, we need to be able to define architecture that can be applied across Intel IT.

This requires an enterprise-wide architecture practice—a community of practitioners with standard governance, methods, and tools. This enterprise-wide practice has evolved over more than a decade. Before 2000, use of common IT architecture across Intel was limited. IT architects were primarily engineers, with most of their efforts focused on individual projects and programs. To develop our enterprise architecture practice, we:

• Created a dedicated architecture group and adopted an enterprise architecture framework that defined a standard methodology, set of deliverables, tool set and repository, and governance.
• Added business architecture skills to help translate business needs into technology.
• Focused on developing talent and a common skill set across Intel IT, using a skills certification program, annual summit, and other methods.
• Implemented a continuous improvement process based on a structured assessment methodology.

Our goal is to continue to increase the reach and process sophistication of our practice. This will help accelerate development timelines and reduce complexity and risk due to simplified design and reuse of technology and processes.

Read the full Developing a Standard Enterprise Architecture Practice White Paper.