>Enterprise Architecture – Ask Lots of Questions!

>In User-centric Enterprise Architecture, we ask lots and lots of questions.

Why do we ask lots of questions?

In User-centric EA, we are not satisfied with the status quo. User-centric EA demands that we analyze problem areas and look for better ways of doing things. One important step in analyzing the “as-is” state is to question it. That means, we capture the current state, but then we ask about gaps, redundancies, inefficiencies, and opportunities. The purpose of asking and drilling down on the information in the architecture is to get a deeper understand of the business processes, the information requirements, and the technology solutions that can be brought to bear.

Albert Einstein said, “Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow. The important thing is not to stop questioning.”

Yesterday is EA history, today is the “as-is” architecture, tomorrow is the “to-be” architecture, and questioning is what we must do to make it all happen.

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