More infrastructure projects need to be linked to business objectives

Too few IT infrastructure projects are linked to business objectives, analyst firm Meta Group has warned.

Too few IT infrastructure projects are linked to business objectives, analyst firm Meta Group has warned.

Speaking ahead of Meta and IRM UK's Enterprises Architecture Conference in London next week, Philip Allega, vice-president of Meta Group, said, "A common failing is that IT people often view enterprise architecture as a set of blueprints, with no link to the business vision."

He urged IT teams to prove that the technology they provide can meet the aims of the overall business, whether that is, for example, lowering the total cost of ownership, improving efficiency, or easing integration.

Li Du, head of systems architecture at consumer goods company GlaxoSmithKline, advised technology staff to consider themselves facilitators of the business vision.

"You are dealing with people who are not technologically minded," he said. "It is often useful to position yourself as a facilitator of the business vision, rather than walking in and saying 'these are my principles, and building something up from scratch."

Du warned that a common failure among IT teams is that they do not address the financial aspects of enterprise architecture.

"Enterprise architecture managers need to understand the concept of finance within their own teams," he said. "If you know exactly where the money is going, it is easier for the business to understand."

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