The ability to adapt to frequent changes has emerged as a new paradigm for successful business

operations. The paper outlines an approach for business/ IT alignment taking organizational

transformation into account.

A framework for enterprise architecture is introduced which links business - , application -, and

infrastructure architecture. Key element of architecture design is to account for interdependencies

among the building blocks of architecture. Blueprints give a comprehensive view on the building

blocks and how the interact.

The criteria and process how to analyse the adaptability of information systems are described. Based

on the assessment principal strategies for information system deployment are pointed out.

Finally the architecture development process and the main stakeholders and their respective usage of

the design techniques are sketched.

Keywords: business/ IT alignment, organizational change, adaptability of information systems,

enterprise architecture, architecture management, blue prints, architecture development process,