EA (Enterprise Architecture) will be seeing a revival with Cloud. Many knew TOGAF as the de facto EA from our pre Cloud days. It was an uphill task to implement EA in the past. This was because infrastructures were physically difficult to change once implemented. Perhaps it is time that we relook EA from a Cloud perspective ie. Cloud EA.
Cloud EA Vision
Cloud EA will be emerging as a standard template as the competitive cloud market aim to differentiate against each other. For now, let us have a quick look at what the vision of Cloud EA will be. Some characteristic of Cloud EA are:
- Ubiquitous deployment of applications based on cost and business needs.
- Automatic selection of Cloud EA like fault tolerance or high availability.
- Standardised default security setup for Cloud EA
- Business driven artefacts and information.
In reality, Cloud EA may take a few more years to mature. The alignment of business and technology in Cloud remains holistic in nature. This means Cloud EA existed as initiative or vision like its predecessor EA. However, it is optimistic for Cloud EA. Cloud providers will introduce Cloud EA models that can be readily deployed.
Cloud EA will be the next generation model for cloud providers. There will be a demand for customers to have control over their EA to align to market needs. Thus, this can easily translate to Cloud implementation as EA level.