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. While there are many different flavors of development approaches such as Waterfall, Agile (to name a few), and this assignment will focus on the System Development Life Cycle that is largely associated with a more traditional development approach. Even with an Agile or Agile-like approach, there is still considerable thought and attention paid to the foundational system and software engineering processes that take place during the development life cycle. For purposes of this assignment, let’s focus on the different phases listed below to provide insight into how EA can influence each of these activities.
A well-defined and implemented EA contributes significantly to each of the phases of the 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:
Systems Analysis and Requirements phase – for this phase, please consider quality or non-functional requirements or the “ilities” (security, maintainability, etc.)
System Design phase
Integration and Test phase
Operations and Maintenance phase
Please refer to the Basic IT SDLC link provided in your content area for Week 8 for useful information on each 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 .
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