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SIM's Enterprise Architecture Working Group (SIMEAWG) is a SIM Community of about 70 individual members from over 30 organizations. See our Member Organizations for details. 

"Enterprise Architecture is Enterprise Alignment" (EA)2

Latest research on alignments and architecture:

If things like alignment, rapid introduction, complexity reduction, speed and agility are design objectives that answer the question "What do we want it to look like?" then perhaps at least part of the answer to the question "How do we accomplish it?" is Enterprise Architecture (EA)

But, perhaps the question we should be asking ourselves is, "can IT afford not to seize the opportunity to be 'the keeper of all the knowledge' about the enterprise?" Being the keeper of the EA has the potential to ensure IT's seat at the strategic table.

The SIM Enterprise Architecture Working Group, is currently accepting members. Complete the Application Form or contact Veronica Sullivan ( to join the Enterprise Architecture Working Group today!

The SIM Enterprise Architecture Working Group identifies and shares processes, methods, tools, concepts, and best practices to enable IT organizations to understand, create, and manage EA in partnership with the business. This will in turn helps these same IT organizations substantially enhance the way they manage change, reduce complexity, re-engineer processes, plan, strategize, govern, manage projects, and deliver value.

The Working Group will achieve these objectives by:
  • Developing a common understanding of what EA is and why it is important to the organization.
  • Proposing materials for the CIO to use to make EA simple to comprehend and verbalize to his/her peers and others in the enterprise.
  • Determining, through a survey of SIM membership (and other groups if possible), the current state of EA practices. These metrics can then serve as benchmarks so SIM members can determine how their organizations compare with others. This may also include a methodology for an organization to "self-survey" itself against the collective metrics.
  • Understanding the challenges and opportunities for the CIO's organization in leading EA.
  • Sharing how organizations have successfully implemented and managed EA.
  • Identifying EA best practices including the critical initiatives and enabling processes for the successful leadership and management of EA.
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