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Marx Architecture Maturity Assessment Guide - Step 3: Conducting Your Enterprise Architecture Assessment

Embarking on an Enterprise Architecture (EA) assessment is a crucial step for organizations aiming to optimize their IT landscape and align it with business goals. This guide will walk you through third step of the Marx Architecture Maturity Assessment process: conducting your enterprise architecture assessment. This step involves evaluating the current state of your enterprise architecture, identifying gaps, and determining the necessary steps to achieve your desired maturity level.

And if you have missed Step 1 and Step 2, don't hesitate to check them out!

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Marx Objectives to Conduct an Effective Enterprise Architecture Assessment (EEAA)

  1. Marx identifies strengths and weaknesses: Understand the current capabilities and limitations of your IT environment.

  2. Marx aligns IT and business goals: Ensure that your IT infrastructure supports your business objectives.

  3. Marx optimizes resources: Improve efficiency by identifying redundant processes and technologies.

  4. Marx facilitates decision-making: Provide data-driven insights to guide strategic planning and investment.


Steps Marx is taking to conduct an Effective Enterprise Architecture Assessment (EEAA)

Diagram showing Marx's 8 steps for conducting an effective enterprise architecture assessment

1. Define The Scope and objectives

Before starting the assessment, Marx clearly defines its scope and objectives. This includes:

  • Determining Scope: Specify which components of the enterprise architecture will be assessed. This could include applications, data management systems, IT infrastructure, business processes, and technology platforms.

  • Setting Goals: Establish specific goals for the assessment, such as enhancing system interoperability, improving data security, reducing operational costs, or increasing the agility of IT responses to business needs. Defining these goals will help in creating a focused assessment strategy.


2. Gather Data

Comprehensive data about your current enterprise architecture will be collected by Marx. This involves:

  • Interviews and Surveys: Conduct interviews and surveys with key stakeholders, including IT staff, business managers, and end-users. These interactions will provide valuable insights into the current performance, issues, and expectations of the IT systems.

  • Document Analysis: Review existing documentation such as IT policies, process maps, system inventories, network diagrams, and previous audit reports. This helps in understanding the formal structure and standards currently in place.

  • Technical Assessments: Perform technical evaluations and audits of your IT systems and infrastructure. This can include performance testing, security audits, and configuration reviews to gather detailed technical data.


3. Analyse the Current State

Marx will evaluate the gathered data to understand the current state of your enterprise architecture. Key activities include:

  • Identify Strengths and Weaknesses: Assessing the current capabilities of your IT systems, including performance, reliability, scalability, and security. Marx identifies what is working well and where there are deficiencies.

  • Gap Analysis: Comparing the current state of your enterprise architecture with the desired future state. Marx identifies gaps in technology, processes, and skills that need to be addressed to achieve your strategic goals.


4. Benchmark Against Industry Standards

We compare your enterprise architecture with industry standards and best practices. This step can help you identify areas where your organization is lagging and provide benchmarks for improvement. Also, Marx considers frameworks such as TOGAF (The Open Group Architecture Framework) or Zachman Framework, which offer guidelines and best practices for enterprise architecture.

5. Develop Recommendations

Based on your analysis, Marx develops actionable recommendations to address identified gaps and enhance your enterprise architecture. These recommendations should be:

  • Prioritized: Rank recommendations based on their impact on business goals and their feasibility. Focus on high-impact, low-effort changes first to gain quick wins.

  • Detailed: Provide clear, actionable steps for each recommendation. Include necessary resources, estimated costs, and potential challenges for implementation.

6. Create an Action Plan

Then, a detailed action plan will be formulated to implement the recommendations. This plan should include:

  • Timeline: Set realistic deadlines for each action item, considering the complexity and dependencies of the tasks.

  • Responsibilities: Assign specific tasks to appropriate teams or individuals. Ensure that everyone understands their roles and responsibilities.

  • Metrics: Define key performance indicators (KPIs) to measure progress. These could include metrics such as system uptime, response times, cost savings, or user satisfaction.

7. Report And Communicate findings

In step 7 Marx is preparing a comprehensive report detailing your findings, recommendations, and action plan. Presenting this report to key stakeholders, including senior management, IT staff, and business unit leaders, to ensure buy-in and support for the proposed changes. And using visual aids like charts and diagrams to clearly communicate complex information.

8. Monitor & Review

We will continuously monitor the implementation of the action plan and review progress regularly and establish a governance structure to oversee the implementation, address any emerging challenges, and adjust the plan as necessary. Regular reviews will help ensure that the assessment objectives are being met and that the enterprise architecture evolves as planned.


Conducting an enterprise architecture assessment is a critical step in the Marx Maturity Assessment process. By thoroughly evaluating your current IT environment, identifying gaps, and developing a strategic action plan, you can ensure that your enterprise architecture evolves to meet your business goals. This systematic approach not only optimizes resources and enhances efficiency but also positions your organization for sustained growth and success.


Embark on your enterprise architecture assessment with confidence, knowing that each step you take brings you closer to a robust, aligned, and future-ready IT landscape.


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