Very few companies employ enterprise architects

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Business architecture is a relatively new discipline and only a small number of companies implement the processes advocated by its practitioners, according to a new report. 

The survey by Iris, a provider of enterprise architecture, found that only 0.4 per cent of the 224 business architects it questioned were from the telecommunications sector.

The business consulting category was found to be the most likely to employ enterprise architects, with 17 per cent of respondents saying they worked in that sector.

“In this category, most respondents provide business architecture services and we suspect that very few consulting firms have an internal business architecture model for themselves,” notes the report.

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Excluding consultants, 49 per cent of business architects are most prevalent in these four sectors:

  • Financial services, banking (other than Insurance): 15.6 per cent
  • Computer, software, technology and internet: 12.5 per cent
  • Insurance: 12.1 per cent
  • Government: 8.5 per cent

The full list is shown in the bar chart below, produced using data from the Iris survey.

Source: Iris Business Architect

Iris also found that the majority of business architects in the survey – 53 per cent – are located in the US and Canada, with Europe accounting for 33 per cent, and the remaining 13 per cent located within other regions.

“Business architecture is a young but rapidly growing discipline that has taken hold primarily in large corporations,” says the Iris report. “It appears to be most valued in cases where business are grappling with change – in digital transformation, change management and customer-centric business modelling.”

Enterprise architecture activities are typically carried out by small teams seeking to help their companies mature in their business architecture practice.

The respondents to the Iris survey report that greater executive participation and business knowledge is essential to their companies’ success but that, despite these impediments, business architecture has yielded sufficient or great benefit in about two thirds of companies using it.

“Business architects in our survey work at large companies,” says Iris. “Among the 224 respondents, one-third are employed at companies of 10,000 or more people. Nearly two-thirds are in companies with over 1,000 employees.”