What tools do you need as an EA?
Fortunately there is an easy answer to it. You need EVP suite - Excel, Visio, Powerpoint - and that's all.
Don't misunderstand me. I am not saying you should not / could not / would not try out different tools, evaluate them, tailor them for the use in your organization etc. You most likely will do all of that and much more. I am just saying that you need only EVP suite and nothing else.
Let me go out on a limb and suggest that you do not use anything apart from EVP (in any of your official communication) till EA practices have fairly well established itself in the organization. Any other tool, could possibly trigger a war of opinions (leading to a lengthy product evaluation, POC, evangelizing cycle etc) that will take the focus away from the business problem and take the whole argument and limelight to the new product. No product will be a silver bullet to all problems. The product will fail under the pressure of expectations - ok, let's tone it down a bit - it might fail. And that failure will be seen as a failure of the EA program - very unfairly but in a very real practical sense.
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