Enterprise architecture sounds like a good idea.  But in the real world of gotta-get-it-done IT projects, it can often seem like an annoying obstacle rather than a strategic asset. Here's how CIOs can prioritize.

The challenge: Line-of-business leaders want IT to fulfill their specific near-term objectives successfully, quickly and under budget.  So an enterprise architect who starts asking questions and insisting things be done a certain way can be perceived as merely slowing things down and generating scope-creep—alienating Line-of-business leaders, IT project teams and technology vendors alike.

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