Todays enterprises are faced with the challenge of an ever changing environment, which they continuously have to adapt to. A commonly accepted means to support an enterprise in the transformation process and furthermore enhance the alignment between business and IT is enterprise architecture (EA) management, which provides a holistic perspective on the enterprise. In order to support an enterprise in the transformation process, EA management creates architectural descriptions of current, planned, and future states of the enterprise. Reflecting the aforementioned importance of EA management a plurality of approaches for establishing an EA management function in an enterprise have been proposed by researchers, practitioners, and standardization bodies. The approaches vary widely in respect to the proposed methods, models, and languages.
The objective of this article is to analyze the state-of-the-art in EA and EA management respectively. Therefore, an extensive literature survey on publications in the area is performed. Criteria for the analysis are inter alia the distribution of papers over time, their regional distribution, type of publication, number of references of an article, and the involved authors groups. Thereby the article seeks to give an overview on the current research occupation in the field of EA management.