The word governance in business or to non-profit organization means consistent management, interrelated policies, processes and decision rights for a specific area of responsibility. Architecture Governance is the practice and orientation whereby enterprise architectures and other architectures are managed and controlled at enterprise wide level. It is governed with discipline and processes. Enterprise Architecture Governance is one of the levels of governance within the enterprise. It is ensuring that enterprise Architecture is managed properly, strict adherence to rules are observed and guidance are carried out in order to sustain the organization’s strategic objectives.
Enterprise Architecture Governance covers the following functions:
1. Implement a system of controls, in the creation and monitoring of all architectural components and activities.
2. Implement a system of ensuring that internal and external standards and regulatory obligations are complied.
3. Establish processes that will to support effective management within agreed parameters.
4. Develop practices where accountability is clearly identified both inside and outside the organization
With Enterprise Architecture Governance in placed, the following benefits are achieved:
1. Transparency of accountability and informed delegation of authority are increased.
2. Controlled risk management
3. Existing asset base are protected by maximizing the re-use of existing architectural components
4. Proactive control, monitoring, and management mechanisms
5. Process, concept, and component re-use across all organizational business units
6. Value creation through monitoring, measuring, evaluation, and feedback
7. Increased visibility supporting internal processes and external parties’ requirements
8. Greater shareholder value
Governance is important in Enterprise Architecture after all it is the core intellectual property of the enterprise.