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Enterprise architecture

With disparate systems, teams and geographies, everyone needs common methods for communicating and sharing assets and data. Enterprise Architecture describes how an organization performs its work using people, business processes, data, and technology. The Clinger-Cohen Act of 1996 mandated that U.S. federal agencies develop and maintain an enterprise information technology (IT) architecture. Enterprise architectures (EA) benefit your project or program by enabling a common understanding of what you have, what you want, and the blueprint for how you are going to get there. Silicon Spirit Enterprise Architects can help comply to the Federal Enterprise Architecture Process (FEAP) and fulfill your goals on an EA including:

  • Strategy Consulting
  • Architecture Design
  • Operational Assessment
  • Implementation Planning

Strategy Consulting
Silicon Spirit helps customers align their business strategy to the appropriate enterprise architecture by identifying key business drivers and translating them to a technology blueprint. This strategic plan can be expanded to include data and application architectures as well. After defining requirements, Silicon Spirit maps them to various technical paths and organizational models to develop a strategic vision for enterprise computing. Typically, the strategy identifies the current and likely future requirements for the enterprise architecture, technical and organizational issues that must be addressed to optimize performance, and the approach for enhancements to support business needs.

Architecture Design
Silicon Spirit then translates the enterprise architecture strategy into technical design requirements. We assess the economics of established versus emerging technologies, adjusted for technical and market risks. The proposed architecture is usually presented as both a conceptual and physical model that optimizes performance. Performance is measured by factors such as investment expense, operating cost, system availability, and the degree to which the enterprise architecture can support both existing business strategy and be adapted to sustain emerging trends.

Operational Assessment
Silicon Spirit conducts both audit and risk studies that include a comprehensive analysis of capacity, performance levels, and contingency and security plans. We then use these assessments to identify various technical and organizational issues, rank those issues, and propose mitigation strategies.

Implementation Planning
Silicon Spirit can support implementation engagements from providing expert advice to customer teams throughout implementation, to managing detailed migration and rollout strategies on your behalf.

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