Enterprise architecture initiatives risk failure if they are unable to demonstrate value to businesses, Gartner has predicted.
By 2010, 40% of existing enterprise architecture programmes will be stopped because of poor execution, according to the analyst firm. Failing to set the right expectations and get commitment from stakeholders - including senior executives and IT managers - are the most common reasons for programme termination, said Gartner.
Richard Buchanan, managing vice-president at Gartner, said, "When companies fail, it is because they do not have the strong leadership necessary to bring the enterprise architecture programme together as an integrated portfolio or the right skills to do the strategic analysis."
Buchanan said that the programmes that fail tend to be ones that are inaccurately defined internally as isolated engineering projects, such as integrating an enterprise resource planning system with customer relationship management.
Gartner believes enterprise architecture design is an ongoing, flexible process that needs to be revisited regularly to reflect business change at all levels within the company. The best programmes are those that become a way of life and are almost invisibly embedded in the organisation.