The concept of adaptive enterprise architecture is being extended outside of Nationwide Financial's vast IT structure. As part of the process, IT executives at Columbus, Ohio-based Nationwide are involved in corporate merger and acquisition decisions."We don't play a deal-breaking role in acquisitions, but we're a significant voice at the table," explains Srinivas Koushik, vice president and chief technology officer for Nationwide Financial Services. "We'll report on whether we can integrate the other company's systems."

This philosophy was put to the test at the end of 2002 with Nationwide's acquisition of Provident Mutual Life Insurance Co., Berwyn, Pa. "Once the acquisition went through, the CIO of Provident and other technical executives were immediately plugged into the architecture review board and technology standards board," says Koushik. "They immediately got a voice in what happens within the enterprise."

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