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Enterprise architecture is slowly establishing itself in colleges and universities as information technology matures and becomes a more integral part of business, industry experts say.

The number of US colleges offering enterprise architecture programs continues to grow with schools such as Penn State University and Carnegie Mellon University. The popularity of EA programs is being driven by a need for greater alignment between the goals of the technology side and those of the larger business or organization, said Rosalie Ocker, director of Penn State’s Center for Enterprise Architecture.

Course enrollees are typically technologists “looking to understand the business better and to work with the business side of their organization,” she said. “Tech people and business people have to work together, and EA should span their areas. That’s what we try to do.”

Technology has sped up the formation of businesses and generating business itself. But that acceleration can come with a cost and make it more difficult get the various parts of a company or organization to work together with a single purpose. That’s the impetus for enterprise architecture.

 Enterprise Business Architecture (EBA) helps organizations translate their business vision and strategy into action and decisions. 

The path from the current to desired future enterprise state is derived from strategic organizational/technological analysis. EBA improves organizational efficiency, effectiveness, and agility by delivering holistic business-aligned and digitally-focused systems.