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A Case Study Investigation of a Lightweight, Systematic Elicitation Approach for Enterprise Architecture Requirements

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Part of the Communications in Computer and Information Science book series (CCIS, volume 551)


Enterprise architectures (EA) try to develop an alignment between an enterprise’s technology infrastructures with its business objectives and are often facilitated by an EA framework (EAF). EAFs provide the processes to create and govern an EA and have been used to understand both strategy and business architecture to synthesize a supporting information system infrastructure. However, existing EAFs do not provide lightweight, systematic process for eliciting the needed inputs to develop an EA. The contribution of this work is a lightweight, systematic approach for eliciting the enterprise vision, mission and objective requirements necessary as input to an EAF. We make two basic claims for this idea. First, the utilization of the Vision-Mission-Objectives-Strategy-Tactics (VMOST) queries provides a lightweight approach for eliciting required EA knowledge from stakeholders. Second, the use of the Grounded Theory Method, a qualitative analysis technique, provides a structured, systematic approach for analyzing and documenting elicited EA requirements. To illustrate these claims, we apply our lightweight, EA elicitation approach to a real world enterprise using the case study approach as a research methodology.


Enterprise architecture Grounded Theory Method Requirements engineering 



Earlier work in the studies for this paper was partially supported by Towson University and this research was conducted under its Institutional Review Board for the Protection of Human Subjects, exemption number 11-0X14. The authors would like to thank the Towson University’s Cook Library for their help and the reviewers for their comments and insights.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Computing and Information SciencesValparaiso UniversityValparaisoUSA
  2. 2.Department of Computer and Information SciencesTowson UniversityTowsonUSA

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