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Enterprise Architects establishes Enterprise Architecture Capability Development and governance at European Central Bank

October 2013

The European Central bank was establishing an Enterprise Architecture and IT Architecture capability to support new business changes and change programmes. The purpose of the first baseline IT Architecture is to prepare a foundation upon which future instances of a full ECB Enterprise Architecture will be built. In general, the implementation of successive instances of an ECB Enterprise Architecture will follow a top down approach with clear, codified processes guided by the overall ECB Enterprise Architecture Governance Framework.


The objectives included:

  • Establishing and managing the Enterprise Architecture capability for the ECB, based on the best industry practices, TOGAF, Zachman Framework, FEAF, COBIT, ITIL and Archimate. 
  • Introduced TOGAF and COBIT based Enterprise Architecture processes. 
  • Managing and mentoring Solution Architects. 
  • Developed the Enterprise Architecture from the top down, and established Architecture Review Board (ARB) mandate and processes, Architecture Principles, Governance and Compliance Processes, a Product Standardisation Process.
  • Established intranet web sites for communicating the enterprise architecture content and ARB decisions 
  • Defined a baseline and target Architecture and Service Oriented Framework. 
  • The target Enterprise Architecture provided the vision, principles and Architecture Patterns that realised the ECB IT Reference Architecture. 
  • The Service Oriented Framework supports this target enterprise architecture by providing an Application Service Catalogue, with Services and Service Components (as architectural building blocks) for projects to use.
  • Define a Service Reference Model tof the categorisation of Service Areas and Service Categories.