Enterprise architecture

Many organisations are realising that they are not optimising the return on their IT investment. This usually occurs because they have not taken a 'holistic view' of their requirements. Companies will typically acquire IT infrastructure to provide point solutions with a narrow focus. In some cases the technical architecture will be defined but little more.

Enterprise architecture recognises that an organisation's technical architecture is intricately linked to their decision support systems. The business systems in the company must support the decision-making functions, the application portfolio must support the business system architecture and the technical architecture must support the business systems. A breakage in any level of the system will result in sub-optimal operation of the components.

ICA will ensure specific areas requiring attention will be identified and options for development will be documented and that a capital expenditure plan will be developed that indicates the likely timeframe for replacement of aging infrastructure can then be developed.