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Magic Quadrant for Enterprise Architecture Tools Published 22 October 2018 | By Analysts Samantha Searle, Marc Kerremans Organizations face unprecedented change, and enterprise architecture and technology innovation leaders require an EA tool to enable them to manage complexity more effectively. This research informs on the main EA tool vendors in an evolving marketplace driven by the dynamics of digital business. Market Definition/Description Enterprise architecture (EA) tools are software applications designed to support enterprise architects and other business and IT stakeholders with strategically driven planning, analysis, design and execution. EA tools support strategic and tactical decision making by capturing and connecting context and information across business, information, solution and technology domains, along with other relevant architectural viewpoints. The EA tool market consists of a diverse range of vendors. These vendors offer software tools that enable EA to deliver a strategic planning discipline that drives targeted business outcomes. EA tools store, structure, analyze and present information related to EA. This information aides in the investment, development and delivery of IT solutions that enable business success. EA tools also focus on diagnostic, actionable, operational and enabling deliverables that support projects targeting business outcomes (see "Stage Planning a Business-Outcome-Driven Enterprise Architecture" for more details on the stages and deliverables of an effective EA program). EA tools help with planning and executing business strategy. They also help deliver business outcomes and mitigate risk. EA tools must also integrate with related disciplines and solutions, including: Project and portfolio management (PPM) Governance, risk and compliance (GRC) IT service management Financial management Innovation management Enterprise business process analysis (EBPA) Strategic planning and execution Digital business optimization and transformation When EA tools integrate functions from related disciplines and solutions, they enable EA and technology innovation (TI) practitioners to ensure the best mix of investment projects to realize business outcomes. Inclusion of such functions is one way in which vendors are extending EA

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