A METHOD TO ENHANCE EXISTING BUSINESS-IT ALIGNMENT APPROACHES

M de Vries

Abstract


Enterprise engineering has recently emerged as a new discipline to address the intensified complexity and dynamics of the evolving enterprise by designing, aligning, and governing its development. Enterprise designers employ various approaches, frameworks, and methodologies to design and align various components in the enterprise. This paper takes a closer look at alignment between the business and IT components of an enterprise, and the need for a theoretical backing when combining multiple approaches during enterprise design. The main contribution of this paper is the development of a method artefact. The method artefact applies an existing model, called the business-IT alignment model, and is useful to enterprise designers when they need to enhance an existing business-IT alignment approach. As an additional contribution, the paper emphasises the role of an emerging research methodology, called design research, in developing the new method artefact. The paper demonstrates the use of the method artefact by enhancing the foundation for execution approach with an element from the essence of operation approach, and concludes with opportunities for further research.


Keywords


Enterprise engineering; Enterprise architecture; Business-IT alignment; Design research

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.7166/24-2-609

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