Enterprise architects are among the most tech-savvy people in the enterprise, but even architects experience frustration with technology at times. Ironically, while architects use their expertise to equip the rest of the enterprise with the most appropriate technology, like cobbler’s children, they often find the tools they personally use to be suboptimal.
Our recent poll on EA Tools revealed that nearly two-thirds of the membership uses one or more packaged tools to manage portfolios and projects, identify and document interdependencies, house their EA repository, and so on. A further 12% is planning to purchase one in the near future. However, when members were asked to rate their satisfaction with the performance of their primary tool, 38% responded that they are dissatisfied and 14% were “neutral.” Furthermore, a third of those who took the poll have previously discontinued use of an EA tool. Taken together, the data suggests that EA groups are less than thrilled with their EA tools.