A Holistic Approach to EA

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A Holistic Approach to EA

Executive Update
Posted June 14, 2006 in Business & Enterprise Architecture

As an IT architect involved in enterprise architecture (EA), I often recall that this branch of IT is not new at all. Rather, it is strictly related to cybernetics,1 a term the Greek philosopher Plato used to refer to "the art of steering" or "the art of government." In 1958, French cybernetics pioneer Louis Couffignal called cybernetics "the art of assuring efficiency of action." Indeed, EA has this final goal: to allow the control and governance of an enterprise.