Strategic IT planning and management is still not widely used in banking as an enterprise architecture tool, but analysts predict that forces shaping the industry today may speed the adoption of this technology, which, on the highest level, tries to solve the information breakdown that often occurs between the goals of the business architects and the realities of the IT architecture.

Banks must cope with complicated, unexpected relationships between business processes and IT when trying to roll out new projects; they also must understand the implications of cost cutting or delayed implementation; finally, at a time when M&A is on the upswing, banks must rationalize their IT architectures with others.

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