Enterprise Architecture (EA) is a well-defined approach to create the transparency for conducting analysis, design, planning, and implementation, using a comprehensive approach, for the successful development and execution of strategy. Enterprise-wide agility and compliance have become a key success factor for most companies. Agile technologies, such as intelligent automation or robotic process automation (RPA), compliance and standardization solutions only provide appropriate results if they are managed accordingly. This article focuses on how Enterprise Architecture enables process governance and helps to achieve enterprise-wide agility and compliance.

Processes and supporting applications need to be managed towards the appropriate level of agility and compliance which requires the right process governance to be in place. Process governance enables the value-driven management of end-to-end business processes, supported by an overall “process of process management”.  Agility and compliance should be defined in the context of the specific process and operationalized through key performance indicators (KPI). Once the KPIs are defined, EA delivers the necessary information about a process in the appropriate structure, the right quality using the best-suited tools necessary to enable process governance for agility and compliance – and possibly other values.

The process management discipline can be used in a basic version to support the realization of agility and compliance, but it can also be extended to support other strategic goals through continual use of the powerful combination of EA and process governance.

The interaction between Enterprise Architecture and process governance, the prioritization and execution of resulting projects as well as the use of appropriate methods, approaches, and technologies is organized through the discipline of process management.

Dr. Mathias Kirchmer