The results of a recent Forrester survey show that Enterprise Architects have a strong influence on technology purchase decisions. 75% of the respondents said that Enterprise Architects need to sign-off these decisions.
Besides that 85% of respondent sees Enterprise Architects influence on purchase decisions of technology infrastructure as at least important.
Architects however did not inflate the importance of their role, responsability, and the importance of it. CIO’s and other IT executives rated their influence more highly than Enterprise Architects themselves.
Need for governance processes
The results show that most organisations have a meaningful governance process in place to keep purchase aligned with technology strategy. Companies that don’t have Enterprise Architects consulting, reviewing, or otherwise involved are significantly behind their peers. This also goes for the ones that don’t have formalised processes for the acquisition of technology.