The notion of outsourcing IT functionality is nothing new. But moving a strategic capability such as enterprise architecture to an outsource provider sounds like a questionable proposition at best. Never the less, a number of service providers are active in this market, selling services that range from EA organizational strategy, to one-time architectural development, to full on EA service outsourcing.
Like it or not, the tidal wave of globalization over the last two decades has created the new cross-cultural contemporary. You would recognize this new international sort, sporting satellite communication devices and flitting effortlessly across continents on commercial missions of global import.
Enterprise Architecture, the holistic view of an enterprise’s processes, information and information technology assets, as a vehicle for aligning business and IT in a structured, more efficient and sustainable manner, has attracted significant attention over the last few years.