Traditionally, enterprise architecture is viewed as an approach, but a number of technology solutions have emerged to facilitate the analysis, design, and implementation of business technologies or strategies. Administrators are given tools to organize a business’ operations, processes, and standards to visualize and understand the company’s structure. They support high-level project portfolio management to plan the businesses structure, processes, and asset utilization. They also assist in IT portfolio, risk, requirements, project, and business process management.
There is a strong relationship between enterprise architecture solutions and IT portfolio analysis technologies. They differ in the idea that IT portfolio analysis and management is only one component of the entire enterprise architecture. While enterprise architecture tools are designed more for project planning and managing technological execution, policies, and organization, IT portfolio analysis tools are geared solely toward aligning technologies in place.
To qualify for inclusion in the Enterprise Architecture Software category, a product must: