Enterprise Architecture Framework (EA) is a systematic process that allows organizations to maximize their return on investment when it comes to technology. One way it can help do this is to minimize redundancy and thus waste. After learning more about EA I believe this is a critical component of technology implementation that schools or districts need to do if they haven’t done so. As a person who works in charter schools I believe it is imperative for these types of school to implement this framework due to the fact that resources at these schools can be more scarce than at larger organizations and maximizing their return on investment is crucial in order to achieve their mission and visions.
As far as my school goes, we do have an EA that we function under but we do not call it that. Having said this there is a need to clarify our EA structure and implement it across all technology decisions. For my part, I would like to continue to learn about the TOGAF system since I believe this is what we currently subscribe to at our organization but I would like to explore how to bring this knowledge to the rest of the organization to maximize our resources across all of our schools.
After reading chapter 1 of An Introduction to Enterprise Architecture (2012) by Scott A. Bernard, I have to say that my knowledge regarding some of the methodologies I tried to implement within my organization have been confirmed. Many of the points raised within the first chapter provide a clearer picture on how to integrate the mission and vision of your school or district into a system that will provide for synergy across the institution. Admittedly, there is so much that was brought up in this first chapter that I wish to explore further. For example, how do best practices fit into the overall structure of the Enterprise Architecture it seems that to some extend these would be counter productive to the system since we are trying to create a cohesive system and at least in my previous encounters with best practices these are different based on the context. Furthermore, I would also like to explore communication process that takes place when such a system is being implemented, how does one achieve buy-in from the different stakeholders? Overall the idea that a system that can be in place to systematically be used to align the different aspects of an organization is appealing and I believe is important to implement. Currently at the school I work in there is a lack of such a system and decisions are not based on a systematic approach, which at numerous times conflict with each other.
Bernard, S. (2012). An introduction to enterprise architecture (3rd ed.). Bloomington, Ind.: AuthorHouse.