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Survey Finds Enterprise Architecture Is Driving Organizational Growth and Innovation

AUSTIN, Texas, July 31 /PRNewswire/ -- According to a recent study by Architecture & Governance Magazine, Enterprise Architecture (EA) is now being used by organizations to fuel business growth, as opposed to simple modeling of the IT environment in years past. Of the 289 enterprise architects responding to A&G's annual survey, 57 percent said enterprise architecture is being applied to growth and innovation initiatives. However, another one of the survey's key findings reflected the respondents feeling that they do not have a reliable way to accurately view the changing IT and business landscape of their organization for a year or more.

AUSTIN, Texas, July 31 /PRNewswire/ — According to a recent study by Architecture & Governance Magazine, Enterprise Architecture (EA) is now being used by organizations to fuel business growth, as opposed to simple modeling of the IT environment in years past. Of the 289 enterprise architects responding to A&G's annual survey, 57 percent said enterprise architecture is being applied to growth and innovation initiatives. However, another one of the survey's key findings reflected the respondents feeling that they do not have a reliable way to accurately view the changing IT and business landscape of their organization for a year or more.

"This really demonstrates that today's CIOs are flying blind. Even though they are responsible for directing and funding business initiatives, they often don't have a clear picture of the items which drive operations. This makes successful strategic planning very difficult, especially for growth initiatives," said James Rogers, Chief Marketing Officer at Troux Technologies, the corporate underwriter of Architecture & Governance.

The survey, conducted by A&G and sponsored by Troux, examined the responses of IT professionals regarding the use of Enterprise Architecture for business transformation projects. Results from the survey indicate that large business transformations are becoming commonplace and are driven by the executive team. In fact, the survey found that most enterprise-wide projects are selected and funded by the CIO. Overall, the survey demonstrated that Enterprise Architecture remains a driving force of large organizations, but that the approach to EA has evolved from simple modeling to one that is based on business objectives for planning, risk and cost analysis and growth and rationalization.

Key findings include: — Executives are involved: 72 percent of respondents said the executive team was somewhat to very involved in making decisions regarding Enterprise Architecture. — It's all about the business: Respondents were asked to select the top CIO-generated initiatives for 2007. The respondents were given six choices and could choose as many as applied. Out of the list: – 65 percent are being tasked to standardize IT people processes and technology – 54 percent identified integration/SOA/corporate agility as a priority – 49 percent stated rationalizing the application portfolio – 46 percent must manage projects with more predictability – 38 percent mentioned growth/innovation – 32 percent selected improving operational risk management of IT — Demonstrable EA on the rise: Out of the 289 respondents 37 percent were just getting started with their EA projects, while 10 percent were already able to demonstrate value across the organization — EA is driving IT enabled growth and innovation: According to the respondents, EA is being (or will be) used for a number transformation projects, including: – 57 percent: growth and innovation – 44 percent: cost management and/or reduction – 41 percent: investment planning – 33 percent: risk management and compliance

Survey Methodology

A&G fielded the online survey sponsored by Troux Technologies between May 25 and June 15, 2007 among a sample of more than 13,000 qualified EA and IT Governance practitioners.

About Architecture & Governance Magazine

Architecture & Governance is a community quarterly read by nearly 5,000 EA and IT Governance practitioners. A&G features industry case studies, analyst reports and best practices related to EA and ITG. Please visit the A&G website to read a survey analysis and to subscribe at http://www.architectureandgovernance.com.

About Troux

Troux Technologies is the leading IT Transformation software company with the industry's only comprehensive set of solutions to mitigate risk, reduce costs, and support growth initiatives for Global 2000 enterprises and governments. Troux's software combines tools for enterprise architecture design and creation with a new generation of information aggregation and management solutions, offering the visibility foundational to IT and Business Transformation.

Troux's worldwide customers include Global 2000 industry leaders in biotechnology, consumer goods, financial services, technology, insurance, entertainment, manufacturing, pharmaceutical, retail and telecommunications industries. To learn more: http://www.troux.com.

Contacts: Jennifer Lake Lois Paul & Partners (512) 638-5313 Jennifer_lake@lpp.com

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