Enterprise Architecture


Research leader:

Ulf Seigerroth

The research area in short

In enterprise architecture we are working with business and IT alignment. We have a focus on enterprise architecture which involves several dimensions of an enterprise. Digitization has opened up for new opportunities and challenges which also have guided our research focus. Our main tool for working in this area is enterprise modeling or business modeling where we are working with methods, theories, tools, patterns and have substantial experiences to address these issues.

The research area in detail

One objective with our research is to develop useful knowledge about sustainable and changeable enterprise structures, products and services where there is a need for a well thought-out and conceptually developed notion of guidance for action and different types of instrumental support (theories, methods, tools). The purpose of these instrumental supports is to give guidance for transformation and business and IT alignment in research and practical applications. Enterprise modeling and enterprise architecture include a number of different ways to deal with transformation and business and IT alignment.

This conceptualization depicts a number of conceptual areas that we are working with in our research and where there are different relations between subareas like enterprise architecture, which includes, strategies & business models, processes & practices, and IS/IT structures. Other subareas for research are enterprise modeling, patterns, method development, instrumental support (theories, methods, tools), and the transformation pair of AS-IS and TO-BE. The right-hand side of the figure indicates that we acknowledge the importance of applied research and coproduction. A central part in or research is enterprise modeling as a tool, approach and a supportive concept to address a number of different aspects of our research. This conveys our belief in the power of enterprise modeling and enterprise models as artifacts (instantiated as something with physical and/or social properties) for description, evaluation, and design.

An area that in recent years has moved our research in a new direction is the developments within digitalization, cyber-physical systems (CPS) and the Internet of things (IoT), which are important components in Industry 4.0. In comparison to other technological developments, this trend challenges both the adaptation of products and processes, and the adaptation of enterprise-IT. In particular enterprises in manufacturing industries or in sectors where a lot of value creation is represented by IT-components built into the products. This creates a lot of new opportunities through seamless and real-time integration of physical systems and IT. However, these new products and services require a tight integration of what often is separated in many enterprises into enterprise-IT (i.e. the IT supporting business and administrative parts) and product-IT (i.e., what is built into the products or supporting industrial automation). Enterprise architecture management (EAM) is a means to support both, continuous alignment of business and IT, and the integration of product-IT and enterprise-IT to make innovations triggered by CPS and IoT to come true.

Content updated 2020-07-02