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The primary need for developing an enterprise architecture (EA) programme is to have a clear picture of your organisation and learn how it works from the business to IT and how business visions and strategy can be met.
EA enables you to align organisational structures, processes and technology to help business services get delivered at less cost, higher quality and higher speed.
An enterprise architecture programme helps steer your business in the right direction, prepare to deal with disruptive business and IT change, and invest in the right projects.
1 Prepare early for disruptive change
Adapt your strategy, products and processes quickly in response to external factors (e.g., competition, economic, political, social, legal and technological changes) and deal effectively with the impact of internal factors (e.g., product portfolio, organisation structures, legacy applications).
2 Mitigate your risks
Achieve early visibility of risks in different parts of the architecture. Mitigate these risks by conducting periodic risk assessments and taking adequate measures.
3 Invest wisely in your project portfolio
Get a clear picture of projects that directly support your business strategy and reduce investment in non-strategic projects.
4 Enable innovation on enterprise level
Learn what technologies are being used in different units. Reuse technologies rather than reinventing the wheel and share the knowledge with all units to support innovation on enterprise level.
5 Safeguard the future
Future-proof your organisation by following guidelines, standards, and architecture principles and by monitoring the right key performance indicators.
Create a clear understanding of what your current core capabilities are, how they are related to your business strategy, where you need to invest to improve the capabilities’ maturity and what capabilities you are currently missing. The EA will be the benchmark for all your investments, guaranteeing that all your projects comply with the Business and IT strategy.
We help you identify and analyse your core business capabilities and provide you with a capability-based strategic plan.
The primary purpose of enterprise architecture (EA) governance is to find the right stakeholders, and define the right architecture roles and processes, and ensure the success of the EA programme.
We support you and your team in setting up processes, organisational structures, and tools to get your EA programme up and running and keep it sustainable.
Clear the way for sustainable and intelligent decisions. Together with your team we create transparency by capturing your architecture elements from business to IT and populating your EA repository.
The impact of planned changes on applications, business processes, and other elements of the architecture will soon become predictable. Associated risks can be identified and evaluated easier. Benefit from our years of experience in setting up EA repositories and required EA processes.
Through an initial set up of a capability map based on our industry reference architectures, we support you and your team to identify and analyse your core capabilities, the necessary people (skills), processes, technology and information to support your capabilities and the value streams related to your capabilities.
On top of that we help you identify the impact of internal and external forces, new and current policies, rules and regulations on your company. We will help you determine the level of business strategy support through your products, services and capabilities.
Benefit from our vast industry knowledge and reference architectures.
Continuously optimise your application portfolio. A harmonised and improved application portfolio helps you make informed decisions, cut IT operation and maintenance costs, and create business value.
We help you analyse and score your application portfolio, identify redundant applications and perform cost-benefit analysis of your applications. These analyses allow you to determine your investment strategy.
Timely access to accurate data is crucial for the quality and efficiency of your business processes. The major types and sources of data necessary to support the business should be defined. Maintaining duplicate data in multiple applications should be avoided where possible.
Benefit from our years of experience. We will support you in building and developing a data architecture that fits your needs.
Customer requirements are the main trigger for any changes to the enterprise’s architecture. Nevertheless, it is equally important to create a sustainable technology base to keep your IT manageable. Prevent weakening of the architecture by evaluating the used technologies regularly.
Keep the technical diversity under control and continuously update your technology roadmap.
We help you identify and analyse your most valuable IT assets, your cost drivers, and the information, technology and security risks of migrating to the cloud.
Some of your business requirements and technologies may not be cloud ready. You will be able to take a pragmatic approach by determining pros and cons of different cloud services and fit these capabilities to the needs of your stakeholders in business and IT.
Enterprise Roadmapping is concerned with the design of the target architecture and provides information on how the target architecture should be implemented. The target architecture must be viable from a financial and technology point of view while meeting the business requirements at the same time.
We help with capturing your current enterprise state as well as identifying technology gaps, and developing the target states of your enterprise. Together we provide a transformation roadmap to help you achieve your target architecture.