Outside In

Outside In

Outside In How often do you see customer journeys, customer events and scenarios modelled in an Enterprise Architecture model? Not often, if at all I suspect. In my opinion, the ‘Enterprise’ in Enterprise Architecture should include all those stakeholders that are engaged with an organisation. This include all those suppliers and service providers to the ….Read the full article

Enterprise Architecture Lifecycle

Enterprise Architecture Lifecycle

The Enterprise Architecture team has a lifecycle of its own, but doesn’t operate in a vacuum. The Enterprise Architecture capability fails if it is seen too much as blue sky thinking in an ivory tower. The Enterprise Architecture team will interact closely with all the other management processes in an organisation, especially the IT management ….Read the full article

EA is Strategic Planning and Execution Enablement

EA is Strategic Planning and Execution Enablement

Enterprise Architecture quite simply is all about Strategic Planning and enabling execution. It helps enterprises shape their future structure and dynamics in the face of the changing environment in which they do business. Its purpose is to understand the ends and means that form the strategies needed. How does an enterprise react to events that ….Read the full article

Using EA for Business Agility

Using EA for Business Agility

Introduction Enterprise Architecture will enable Business Agility, increase flexibility and the long-term viability of an organisation.However, don’t make the mistake of thinking that Business Agility is the same as Agile software development. Business Agility doesn’t come from using Agile for software development. They are two different concepts. Business Agility is a mindset about business, not ….Read the full article

Strategic Enterprise Architecture provides Intelligence, Analysis and Knowledge

Strategic Enterprise Architecture provides Intelligence, Analysis and Knowledge

A good analogy for an Enterprise Architecture capability is to think of it as the equivalence to an intelligence corps in the military. Military Leaders and business decision makers will use this Strategic Intelligence capability to: Know what their current capabilities are Know the capabilities of the enemy (competitors) are Understand and gain awareness of the ….Read the full article

Enterprise Architecture and Target Operating Models

Enterprise Architecture and Target Operating Models

How often is an established Enterprise Architecture approach used to create a Target Operating Model? If the answer is not often, then why not? If the answer is yes all the time, then how should we go about creating one ? Are traditional consultancy approaches to target operating models good enough? What is an Operating ….Read the full article

Enterprise Architecture and Business Transformation

Enterprise Architecture and Business Transformation

Business transformation involves significant changes to all areas of an enterprise. It focuses on the future strategies. These includes strategies, business models, operating models, business processes, information & data, systems, products, business services and channels. These are exactly the deliverables developed by enterprise architecture to understand the current state of an enterprise, to envision and ….Read the full article

What keeps CEOs awake at night?

What keeps CEOs awake at night?

Nightmare 1 – Competing with newer and nimble competition, who have better and more modern business models New start up companies are generally more nimble that established companies, but are more fragile and prone to failure once the venture capital money runs out. New start up companies may end up being very successful capturing customers ….Read the full article

Gaining Accountability using EA

Gaining Accountability using EA

By now most companies should have heard about the new EU General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR).  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/General_Data_Protection_Regulation The deadline is looming ever closer, and there are some hefty fines for companies that fail to implement it. The penalties for not complying with the legislation are potentially going to put a huge dent in your profits ….Read the full article

Dynamic Enterprise Architecture Models

Dynamic Enterprise Architecture Models

Enterprise Architecture Models provide value by capturing knowledge about the business strategies, the current and target enterprise, understanding and identifying the gaps between current and target enterprise architectures, and then planning a roadmap of initiatives to close those gaps. Often they seem only to be used as a repository of static detail such as landscape models, ….Read the full article