From Enterprise Architecture to Business Ecosystem Architecture: Stages and challenges for extending architectures beyond organizational boundaries

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Today, Enterprises act in an increasingly interconnected world and in different kinds of collaborative networks. They are part of business ecosystems in which they interact with their customers, partners and competitors. The processes of analyzing and planning the intertwinement of business and IT architecture within enterprises has been successfully supported by enterprise architecture management (EAM) approaches. In this paper, we analyze four cases from different industries (health care, logistics, retail, and education) and argue that the intra-organizational concepts of enterprise architectures (EA) and EAM need to be extended to grasp the challenges of the enterprises' interconnectedness. Beyond the known concepts of extended enterprise architecture and federated architectures, we define five stages of extended architectures. Additionally, we describe challenges and existing solutions, which are relevant for this extended perspective.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings - IEEE 18th International Enterprise Distributed Object Computing Conference Workshops and Demonstrations, EDOCW 2014
EditorsSylvain Halle, Stefanie Rinderle-Ma, Georg Grossmann, Manfred Reichert, Dimka Karastoyanova, Manfred Reichert, Stefanie Rinderle-Ma, Georg Grossmann
Number of pages10
PublisherIEEE - Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Publication date02.12.2014
Article number6975336
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-4799-5470-4
Publication statusPublished - 02.12.2014
Event18th IEEE International Enterprise Distributed Object Computing Conference Workshops and Demonstration - EDOCW 2014 - Ulm, Germany
Duration: 01.09.201402.09.2014
Conference number: 18

    Research areas

  • Management studies
  • business ecosystem, collaborative network, enterprise architecture, inter-organizational architectures