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Deployment of Enterprise Architecture From the Activity Theory Perspective

Deployment of Enterprise Architecture From the Activity Theory Perspective
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Author(s): Tiko Iyamu (Cape Peninsula University of Technology, South Africa) and Irja Naambo Shaanika (Namibia University of Science and Technology – Windhoek, Namibia)
Copyright: 2018
Pages: 10
Source title: Encyclopedia of Information Science and Technology, Fourth Edition
Source Author(s)/Editor(s): Mehdi Khosrow-Pour, D.B.A. (Information Resources Management Association, USA)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-5225-2255-3.ch257

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Abstract

Enterprise Architecture (EA) is employed primarily to resolve and address factors and challenges, such as complexities, inconsistencies and disparities in information systems (IS) and technologies. This includes collaborations, implementations and integrations of systems and technologies, and the all overall governance of the computing environment of an organisation including governments' administrations. However, the challenges persist even with the emergence and deployment of EA in organisations. Some of the challenges have cost and affected many organisations in their zeal and goal to compete, realise their investment and efforts to bridge the gap between the IT and Business units. Thus, the deployment of EA to addressing the challenges as stated above needs to be strategically relooked or reengineered. We therefore employ the activity theory (AT) as a lens to assess the deployment of EA in an organisation. Based on the analysis and assessment, a model which identities the key influencing factors in the deployment of EA was developed.

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