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Enterprise Architecture, the holistic view of an enterprises processes, information and information technology assets as a vehicle for aligning business and IT in a structured and therefore more efficient and sustainable way, has attracted significant attention over the last two to three years. Our experience and research shows that enterprise architecture hardly ever fails because of inadequate content. The challenges usually arise around how to link the enterprise architecture efforts into the overall enterprise processes, and how to leverage them as assets used regularly by a variety of stakeholders. This paper is the first of two parts. Part I describes how to embed an enterprise architecture function into an organisation effectively. After an overview of Infosys perspective on the subject, it introduces the governance dimensions of leadership, organisation and investment governance. For each dimension, practices which have proven effective in the past are described.
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