Analyze and examine how enterprise architecture and enterprise systems influence, support, and enable an organization’s ability to contribute to strategic decision making and to respond and adapt to the business environment

This assignment gives you the opportunity to apply your critical thinking skills and understanding of the course concepts to explain how the enterprise architecture (EA) and/or the EA program supports the other IT management processes of an organization. This assignment specifically addresses the following course outcomes:
• describe enterprise architecture (EA), the appropriate application of EA frameworks, and an overall ongoing EA program
• analyze and examine how enterprise architecture and enterprise systems influence, support, and enable an organization’s ability to contribute to strategic decision making and to respond and adapt to the business environment
• apply EA concepts to support business requirements and identify opportunities for enterprise solutions
Assignment
As you have learned throughout the course, EAs can be used to support a wide variety of information technology management processes, and an EA program strengthens IT management activities. A well-defined and implemented EA contributes significantly to each of the phases of the systems development life cycle (SDLC). For this assignment you will write a 3-5 page paper (not counting any cover sheet or reference pages) that explains briefly what enterprise architecture (EA) is and then how it supplements and enables each of the phases of the SDLC:
• initiation/planning/concept phase
• requirements analysis phase
• design phase
• development phase
• integration and testing phase
• implementation/deployment/support/maintenance phase
You should explain how EA enables each phase, how it fits into each phase, and what unique qualities or capabilities a well-defined EA contributes that might not otherwise be available to the organization.
The use of at least two external scholarly resources (other than class materials) is required. (NOTE: More than two external resources are required to receive all possible points; see Grading Rubric below.) You should use scholarly journals (rather than Wikipedia and author-less website postings). If you need assistance with determining what a scholarly journal is, the UMUC library is a very good source of information, accessed via the following link: http://www.umuc.edu/library/libhow/articles.cfm. Remember to correctly cite and reference all sources using APA format.
Submit your paper in Word format via your Assignments Folder as an attached document with your last name included in the filename.
Grading Rubric
Use the rubric below to be sure you have covered all aspects of the assignment.
Criteria
90-100%
Far Above Standards
80-89%
Above Standards
70-79%
Meets Standards
60-69%
Below Standards
< 60%
Well Below Standards
Possible Points
Intro-duction 5 Points

A sophisticated introduction sets the stage for the paper. 4 Points

A well-written introduction sets the stage for the paper. 3.5 Points

The introduction adequately sets the stage for the paper. 3 Points

The introduction does not adequately set the stage for the paper. 0-2 Points

No introduction included. 5
Explana-tion of Enterprise Architec-ture 13-15 Points

Explanation is brief but clear; is complete enough to set the stage for the paper; and demonstrates a sophisticated understanding of course concepts. 12 Points

Explanation is brief but clear; is complete enough to set the stage for the paper; and demonstrates a good understanding of course concepts. 10-11 Points

Explanation is adequately clear and sufficiently complete to set the stage for the paper, and demonstrates an adequate understanding of course concepts. 9 Points

Explanation may be only somewhat clear or complete; may or may not demonstrate an adequate understanding of course concepts. 0-8 Points

Explanation is not included or little effort is demonstrated. 15
EA Support to SDLC Phases: The explanation of how EA enables each of the SDLC phases below, how it fits into the phase, and what unique qualities or capabilities EA contributes to each is thorough, clearly explained, uses sophisticated writing, and correctly relates EA to the phases; demonstrates a sophisticated level of understanding of course concepts, analysis, critical thinking, and synthesis. The explanation of how EA enables each of the SDLC phases below, how it fits into the phase, and what unique qualities or capabilities EA contributes to each is complete, clearly explained, and correctly relates EA to the phases; demonstrates a high level of understanding of course concepts, analysis, critical thinking, and synthesis. The explanation of how EA enables each of the SDLC phases below, and how it fits into the phase, and what unique qualities or capabilities EA contributes to each is presented, and correctly relates EA to the phases; demonstrates an adequate understanding of course concepts, analysis, and critical thinking. The explanation of how EA enables each of the SDLC phases below, and how it fits into the phase, and what unique qualities or capabilities EA contributes to each may be partially complete, may be only somewhat clearly explained and/or may only somewhat correctly relate EA to the phases; and/or may not demonstrate an adequate understanding of course concepts, analysis, and critical thinking. Explanation of how EA enables the SDLC phases is missing or shows little effort. (see below)
Initiation/ Planning/
Concept phase 9-10 Points 8 Points 7 Points 6 Points 0-5 Points 10
Require-ments analysis phase 9-10 Points 8 Points 7 Points 6 Points 0-5 Points 10
Design phase 9-10 Points 8 Points 7 Points 6 Points 0-5 Points 10
Develop-ment phase 9-10 Points 8 Points 7 Points 6 Points 0-5 Points 10
Integration and testing phase 9-10 Points 8 Points 7 Points 6 Points 0-5 Points 10
Implemen-tation/ Deployment/ Support/ Mainten-ance phase 9-10 Points 8 Points 7 Points 6 Points 0-5 Points 10
External Research 9-10 Points

More than two scholarly sources other than the class resources are incorporated and used effectively, contextualized, appropriately researched and supported, and synthesized with original arguments. Sources used are credible, relevant, and timely. Proper APA style is used for citations and references. 8 Points

More than two scholarly sources other than the class resources are incorporated and used effectively, appropriately researched and supported, and support original arguments. Sources used are credible, relevant, and timely. Proper APA style is used for citations and references. 7 Points

Two scholarly sources other than the class resources are properly incorporated and used. Uses APA format for references and citations. 6 Points

Two or fewer sources other than the class resources may be used; may not be scholarly sources; may not be properly incorporated or used to support arguments; may rely too heavily on the reporting of external sources, and/or are not effective or appropriate; and/or are not credible, relevant, or timely. May not use APA format. 0-5 Points

No external research is incorporated or reference listed is not cited within text. 10
Format 9-10 Points
Paper reflects effective organization and sophisticated writing; follows instructions provided; is written in third person; uses correct structure, grammar, and spelling; double- spaced and presented in a professional format using Word. 8 Points
Paper reflects effective organization; follows instructions provided; is written in third person; has few errors in sentence structure, grammar, and spelling; double-spaced, and presented in a professional format. 7 Points
Paper has some organization; may have some errors in sentence structure, grammar and spelling. Is double spaced and written in third person. 6 Points
Paper is not well organized, and/or contains several grammar and/or spelling errors; and/or is not double-spaced and written in third person. 0-5 Points

Paper is extremely poorly written, has many grammar and/or spelling errors, or does not convey the information. 10
TOTAL Points Possible 100

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