How do you "cost-justify" Enterprise Architecture?

How do you "cost-justify" Enterprise Architecture?

Technically, you can't cost-justify Enterprise Architecture because Enterprise Architecture is NOT an expense... it is an asset. Cost-justification is an expense-based concept that has to do with saving money in the current accounting period. In contrast, return on investment (ROI) is an asset-based concept that has to do with deriving value in multiple, future accounting periods through reusing an asset in which an investment was made. Enterprise Architecture does not save money in the current accounting period. Enterprise Architecture requires an investment which can be reused to derive value (potentially, a LOT of value

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