An IT project can succeed only if the business and the rest of the IT organisation is ready. Cliff Saran reports from a lecture Peter Hungerford gave at the Gartner Symposium in Cannes on how one organisation has approached an IT transformational change. An enterprise architecture (EA) is often used to help a business codify its structure, the business processes and how it operates. Through a well-defined EA, companies have the opportunity to identify areas of inefficiency. From an IT perspective, the EA provides a blueprint for simplifying IT. Syngenta, formed in 2000 by the merger of Novartis and AstraZeneca's agribusinesses, has developed an enterprise architecture to help the company simplify and lower the cost of IT and support key applications such as SAP and Microsoft. When the company was formed, there were two separate IT groups - one technically focused and one strategically focused, and the business wanted one face to the customer.