Case Study:

Federated Enterprise Architecture
Framework Definition and Implementation


A Fortune 500 BFSI client


The client had a centralized enterprise architecture team with few enterprise architects to define various technology policies and standards. They were also responsible for conducting reviews through the application release process. The team was becoming a bottleneck. In addition, there was a misalignment among business goals, EA standards and the solution architecture.


Innovecture partnered with the EA team leadership and helped form a team of enterprise architects, solution architects and business analysts to define a new enterprise architecture model and implement it. We created a customized enterprise architecture framework (shown below) to establish a new enterprise architecture organization after doing a current-state assessment leveraging our EA assessment framework.

Guiding Principles: We defined a clear set of guiding principles, both at an enterprise and solution architecture level.

Architecture Development: We created templates for IT strategy, a roadmap and architecture blueprints across business, information, data, application and technology domains.

Architecture Processes: We defined and implemented a collaborative architecture process to increase collaboration among business, enterprise architecture and solution architecture teams with specific input and output criteria.

Governance: We defined and implemented governance processes for strategy, architecture and project development.

Organization and Skills: We defined architecture roles and integrated them into governance processes with clear responsibilities. The federation of roles with increased responsibilities by the various business units ensured a smoother transition from business goals to enterprise standards to solution architecture.

Metrics: We defined an architecture maturity model with a set of metrics to measure the architecture effectiveness.

Architecture Repository: We created a centralized architecture repository/wiki to store all architecture documents and reports with role-based access across the organization.

Training: We worked with the enterprise architecture team to conduct in-person and webinar-based training sessions across the organization to introduce and evangelize the new architecture process framework.


  • Established a new federated architecture model with new roles, processes and a centralized repository.
  • Distributed EA authority and responsibility to the business so that portfolio level projects can be guided and governed by portfolio level architects and enterprise level projects can be guided by enterprise architects. This reduced the load on enterprise architects and significantly improved time to market.
  • Improved access to architecture standards and policies with a centralized repository
  • Improved EA metrics and processes increased alignment between business goals and project deliverables.
  • Reduced project costs by minimizing rework after architecture reviews.
  • Provided more time at the EA level to focus on innovation and adopting new technologies.
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