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Finally a book that evangelizes Enterprise Architecture as an enterprise (business) activity instead of merely an IT initiative
on February 3, 2014
I read this book after Lou Gerstner's book on Elephants (Who says Elephants Can't Dance?) which was perfect. Gerstner shows how he needs all the influence he can muster to change IBM to become the profitable behemoth it once was. More importantly he shows that this change needs to be facilitated by the upperest management. Ross shows in her book how Enterprise Architecture and corporate change for that matter can only succeed when it is facilitated by the upper management, hence Gerstner's book is very illustrative for Ross' point.
The book is clearly based on real life cases, unfortunately only outlining success stories. But it is based on what can be achieved and more importantly what has been achieved. Making this not an Ivory Tower EA mumbo-jumbo book you find so often.
Clearly dated, the stories, cases, are not at the last maturity level she mentions, and the companies she discusses are all looking for massive business integration by implementing ERP systems. Not something many of us would base our business on these days (2014). New evolutions like Cloud and SOA are not in there. But the story holds true.