Industry Trends Enterprise Architects Can’t Ignore in 2022

Feb 18, 2022
Written by
Peter Matthijssen
Peter Matthijssen

Industry Trends Enterprise Architects Can’t Ignore in 2022

Although there has never been a better time to be an Enterprise Architect, we need to start doing things differently. In the last 2 years the global events around Covid 19 have taught us some tough lessons in adaptability. Traditional thinking, with a focus on the ‘as is’ state, and incremental change, won’t be good enough to support our enterprises in becoming more agile and flexible to withstand future challenges and adapt to digital transformation.

We need to rethink how we practice Enterprise Architecture in our organizations. With this in mind, we gathered a group of subject experts at BiZZdesign to identify the major trends currently in our industry. Through many years of experience and countless discussions with customers, colleague experts and leaders, we are keen to share our insights in key developments in our industry.

Our aim is to give you more insight into innovative Enterprise Architecture practices, to interact with stakeholders in new, high impact, ways. We also provide the steps you can take as an architect to embrace these trends, and elaborate on what tool functionality will support you in being a more effective architect in these challenging times.

7 EA Trends 2022

Future-proof your enterprise – embrace the latest industry trends

To create a modern enterprise architecture practice, innovate your proposition, or grow your abilities, take note of the trends that we’ve identified (in summary) below:

  1. Agility in practice: modern teams focus on Change by Design
    Modern Enterprise Architecture enables teams to co-ordinate their efforts by design. Architects enable agility, bring together siloed teams, and align all stakeholders with the strategy of the enterprise.
  2. Enterprise Architecture as a ‘product’: measuring strategic value
    The enterprise architecture practice is transitioning to become a product consumed by business users. Product owners explicitly measure the value created from activities.
  3. Capability-driven business model innovation: adding new sources of growth
    Architects partner with business executives to explore and exploit new business opportunities enabled by existing differentiator business capabilities.
  4. Secure by Design: architects bring an enterprise-wide business perspective
    Architects partner with cybersecurity teams to establish the ‘connective tissue of the enterprise’. There is a business perspective for security prioritization and return on investment management.
  5. Enterprises multi-purposing big tech: Enterprise Architecture drives value on both sides
    Enterprises leverage big tech platforms for their adjacent capabilities. Architects drive earlier value for the customer and increased revenue for the vendor.
  6. Artificial Intelligence-driven Enterprise Architecture: smarter and faster
    Artificial Intelligence provides smarter design practices resulting in faster decision-making, and ultimately, more intelligent architectures safeguard future business outcomes.
  7. Address and improve sustainability: extend your architecture models
    Sustainability is becoming a key theme for many organizations. Enterprise architecture methods and tools are utilized to meet sustainability goals. As an architect, you should lean in on this trend!

Next steps

To read more about the trends in Enterprise Architecture and the actions you can take to embrace these trends, download: 7 Trends in Enterprise Architecture.
Contact us if you want to find out more about how to boost the effectiveness of the Enterprise Architecture practise in your enterprise. There has never been a better time to be an Enterprise Architect!