When it comes to embarking a larger initiative in an enterprise, it will not fly high unless it has a good, concrete buy-in from different stakeholders, especially from business. Whatever may be the approach either it is EA or SOA based initiative, business stakeholders should be convinced with proper justifications.
In addition to business metrics oriented reports, if we use models extensively, it will also help in making stakeholders clearly understand what is planned to be achieved through big initiatives. Models also play a vital role in bridging the execution gap between strategy & operational infrastructure. Models will help in ensuring that the strategy that is envisioned is executed; it is transformed in terms of processes & operations.
Assessing the maturity of an Enterprise – in terms of business / technology, against the industry standards/benchmarks will be key driver for arriving at a strategy. Usually maturity models are considered to be the representation of standards / benchmarks. Different levels in a maturity model bring a quantitative dimension. One such maturity model is depicted here :