Paper accepted @ TEAR 2019!

Simon Hacks, Hendrik Höfert, Johannes Salentin, Yoon Chow Yeong, Horst Lichter:
Towards the Definition of Enterprise Architecture Debts

Abstract

In the software development industry, technical debt is regarded as a critical issue in term of the negative consequences such as increased software development cost, low product quality, decreased maintainability, and slowed progress to the long-term success of developing software. However, despite the vast research contributions in technical debt management for software engineering, the idea of technical debt fails to provide a holistic consideration to include both IT and business aspects.

Further, implementing an enterprise architecture (EA) project might not always be a success due to uncertainty and unavailability of resources. Therefore, we relate the consequences of EA implementation failure with a new metaphor –Enterprise Architecture Debt (EA Debt). We anticipate that the accumulation of EA Debt will negatively influence EA quality, also expose the business into risk.

The paper will be presented at TEAR@EDOC 2019, held in Paris, France.