Organizations are facing the challenge of having to support even more complicated processes with more and more linked data going through IT systems. Simultaneously, they must constantly adapt these IT systems to even faster changing technical and business requirements. In order to meet the requirements of this continuously growing complexity, the interaction between the elements in IT and the business elements, the so-called enterprise architecture, must be analyzed, planned and controlled.
For this purpose, architecture models play a central role in which these elements and their connections will suitably be presented. Beginning with a model of the current situation, gradual further developments of the enterprise architecture will be planned towards the achievement of a long-term target state. It is oriented towards the long-term business objectives and IT strategy of the organization. Thereby, investments should be coordinated so that information technology optimally supports the organization. This means that advantages in the face of competitors in the market will be achieved, even if new demands (i.e. through mergers & acquisitions or new business models) emerge.
For many years now, the Chair of Software Engineering for Business Applications has dealt with the research of enterprise architectures. Research takes place in close collaboration with other worldwide leading research groups and with internationally positioned institutions (banks, insurance companies, automobile manufacturers, telecommunications companies etc). In current projects, the chair researches innovative methods to develop and analyze architectural models incrementally and collaboratively in order to visualize them for various user groups.
In the video of the research partner from the chair at the KTH in Stockholm, scientists and business managers depict the practical meaning of enterprise architectures on IT management.