Roles of the Chief Enterprise Architect in EA Implementation

The Chief Enterprise Architect heads the operation of the enterprise architecture team of the company.  Enterprise architecture is a big and encompassing project that companies normally assign a team of experts to make the design and implement it.  Aside from the Chief Enterprise Architect, the EA team is usually composed of technology specialists, software developer, domain specialists, business process and objects analysts and experts, IT tools and hardware infrastructure technicians, and web developers.  The CEA leads this group of highly skilled and specially trained enterprise experts. 

Specifically, Chief Enterprise Architects should act as the prime mover of corporate change in the field of business technology.  The process of reengineering the enterprise systems involves major paradigm shift in viewpoints, business methods, and practices.  The changes would naturally be difficult especially in the initial stages of enterprise architecture deployment.  That is why the CEA should possess expert skills in technology and communication in order to convince the entire corporate organization on enterprise architecture implementation. 

The Chief Enterprise Architect should also possess a firm grasps of new business technologies and knowledge.  This will make them more responsive to the changing nature of business processes.  Transformation of companies into EA enabled entities depends on the ability of Chief Enterprise Architect s capabilities in presenting the impact of enterprise architecture to decision makers.  Hey should also serve as a bridge in complementing the roles of business executives and the IT support environments. 

There are many ways to succeed in the implementation of enterprise architecture.  It is the role of the Chief Enterprise Architect to find those ways and to push corporate change so that the enterprise architecture enablement could proceed without a glitch.