Nestori Syynimaa


Initial phase of all Enterprise Architecture (EA) initiatives is important. One of the most crucial tasks in that phase is to sell EA to the top management by explaining its purpose. In this paper, by using semiotic framework we show that there is a clear gap between the definition of EA and its purpose. Contribution of this paper is a taxonomy that expands knowledge of pragmatics of EA, and that can be used as a tool for explaining the purpose of EA. Grounded theory is used to form the taxonomy. Data is collected from a discussion group used by EA practitioners. Results indicate that the purpose of EA is to meet organisations’ stakeholder’s goals and to create value to organisation. Results are in line with current literature. Most interesting result is that EA practitioners seem to realise that technical solutions are not the purpose of EA, but means for fulfilling it.


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Paper Citation

in Harvard Style

Syynimaa N. (2010). TAXONOMY OF PURPOSE OF ENTERPRISE ARCHITECTURE . In Proceedings of the Twelfth International Conference on Informatics and Semiotics in Organisations - Volume 1: ICISO, ISBN 978-989-8425-26-3, pages 322-328. DOI: 10.5220/0003270303220328

in Bibtex Style

author={Nestori Syynimaa},
booktitle={Proceedings of the Twelfth International Conference on Informatics and Semiotics in Organisations - Volume 1: ICISO,},

in EndNote Style

JO - Proceedings of the Twelfth International Conference on Informatics and Semiotics in Organisations - Volume 1: ICISO,
SN - 978-989-8425-26-3
AU - Syynimaa N.
PY - 2010
SP - 322
EP - 328
DO - 10.5220/0003270303220328