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Dilemmas in Enterprise Architecture Research and Practice from a Perspective of Feral Information Systems

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This paper is presenting a discussion of feral information systems (FIS) in relationship to enterprise architecture (EA) thereby aiming to better qualify the architectural understanding of information systems not in line with corporate IT/IS strategy and policies. A qualitative and case-based approach is used as empirical foundation of this paper. With users developing own IS, classical strategy-based EA approaches are challenged. Identifying FIS can strongly improve insight into organizational processes and shortcomings official EA. A functional and temporal perspective is proposed to guide EA processes to embrace unofficial, user-driven systems. As FIS tend not to follow any rules of corporate IS, EA embrace of FIS is more complex. Using a meta-model for the social and operational character of FIS this complexity can be managed along with the improve business insight. The recognition of FIS in EA both opens up for insight in local adaptations of business processes, but can also create room for low-cost innovation and rapid response to changes in business conditions. Several forecasts are suggesting corporate IT/IS to be more user-driven and with reduced control from IT/IS professionals. This paper is opening a discussion on EA practice when centralized control is assumed to decline. EA has a tendency to be developed “top-down” emphasizing strategic alignment. In this contributed it is suggested to include social and operational alignment in EA practice.
TitelProceedings of the 17th IEEE International Enterprise Distributed Object Computing Conference Workshops (EDOCW 2013) : 9-13 September 2013, Vancouver, Canada
RedaktørerEbrahim Bagheri, Dragan Gasevic, Sylvain Hallé, Marek Hatala, Hamid R. Motahari Nezhad, Manfred Reichert
Antal sider7
UdgivelsesstedLos Alamitos, CA
ForlagIEEE Computer Society Press
ISBN (trykt)978-0-7695-5085-5
StatusUdgivet - 2013
BegivenhedTrends in Enterprise Architecture Research Workshop - Simon Fraser University, Vancouver, Canada
Varighed: 10 sep. 201310 sep. 2013
Konferencens nummer: 8


WorkshopTrends in Enterprise Architecture Research Workshop
LokationSimon Fraser University
SerietitelInternational Enterprise Distributed Object Computing Conference. Proceedings


  • Enterprise Architecture, Feral Information Systems, Shadow Systems, Workarounds, Consumerisation, Empowered Users, Strategic Mis-alignment

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