The Center for the Advancement of the Enterprise Architecture Profession

by | January 25, 2010

Early in 2009, a group of Enterprise Architecture thought leaders gathered together to begin a focused advocacy program for our profession. They created the Center for the Advancement of the Enterprise Architecture Profession (CAEAP).

Vision:CAEAP seeks to be the organization responsible for the Enterprise Architecture Profession.  In this capacity, CAEAP acts as the primary advocate for the Profession, addressing the public at large, enterprises the Profession serves, and the Profession itself, to which Enterprise Architects belong through their practice.


CAEAP promotes the professional status of Enterprise Architects and works to ensure the legitimacy of the Profession by distinguishing it from other professions and non-professionals (consultants, employees, and supporting roles).  CAEAP is the public face of the Profession and is further charged with maintaining its consistent view towards the public, enterprises, and its professional members. The aim is:

  • Sustainability of the profession
  • Create brand recognition for the profession
  • Deliver consistency through accreditation
  • Support professional autonomy
  • AND provide answers for the public . . .
    • Clarify in the public eye as to what a professional EA contributes
    • Ensure the public’s trust in EA as a profession
    • Assure the public they’re dealing with a competent EA professional


  • Become the advocacy organization that is responsible for determining ethical behavior within the profession of enterprise architecture.
  • Provide access and maintain the standards of education and experience that are necessary conditions for professional competency and entry into the profession of enterprise architecture.
  • Determine the level of regulatory self governance for the profession of enterprise architecture that provides professional guidance higher than those established by general law.
  • Define and enforce professional rules and standards for enterprise architecture that are necessary to protect and benefit the public.
  • Disciplinary action for the profession of enterprise architecture that includes public reporting and, if necessary, expulsion from registrations should the ethics, rules, and standards not be observed or if work is not finished in a professional manner.
  • Ensure that there is fair and open competition within the profession of enterprise architecture.
  • Provide the consistent leadership required for public acceptance of the enterprise architecture profession.

Core Values

1.       Integrity,

2.      Leadership,

3.      Excellence, and

4.      Ethical Behavior.

The group created a Constitution, an EA Professional Oath, an EA Professional Doctrine, an EA Profession Roadmap and EA Value Maps.

Membership is free and you can sign up here.

The main focus of the CAEAP currently is to create a Professional Practice Guide for Enterprise Architecture.  I am contributing towards this effort as a Chapter Lead for two chapters of the PPG:

  • Chapter 7 – Standards for Accreditation in Education
  • Chapter 11 – Written Examination Above and Beyond Certification Requirements

I completed writing the abstracts for these chapters in November 2009 and they were reviewed in December.  Next, I wrote the chapter outlines in late December.  The outlines are being reviewed this coming week.  On Friday Jan 22nd, the PPG leadership group had a conference call as my friend Bob McIlree (@rmcilree) has taken over project management responsibility.  We have much to do to complete this document and need your help and expertise.  Please consider contributing by signing up at the CAEAP site.

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