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Architects Listing John Zachman (Founder of Framework of Enterprise Architecture) says, "Enterprise Architecture" is the issue of the century. Around the world, last ten years have witnessed a growing demand and acceptance of Architects. A quick search in Linkedin for professional with "Enterprise Architect" as a title with more than 10 years experience generated around 500 results for India, 850 for Australia, around 1900 for UK and 7700 for USA i.e. USA has nearly 12 times more Enterprise Architects than India. A similar search for Solution Architect (10 + years) in USA resulted in 10500 professionals that are nearly three times...
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The EADM v2.0 (Enterprise Architecture for Decision Makers) workshop is specially designed for decision makers. The idea is inspired by medical practice, wherein a medical doctor, who understands the human anatomy, uses the symptoms (narrated by a patient) to understand the problem and narrow it down to specific organ/organs, then applies x-ray techniques to get the necessary insight and uses the x-ray for diagnosis before arriving at possible solution options. Interestingly, this methodology of problem-solving had been a great success in the medical practice that has succeeded in handling human body disorders in a timely manner resulting in longevity of human...
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Banking, Financial services and Insurance (BFSI) Companies are working hard to retain their existing customers and inveigle the new ones. While some of them are working on improving financial asset quality and improving risk managment mechanism, others are working on new product offerings, refined and new access channels and reaching out to untapped market. This year's Architectiure Award competition has nominations from 16 leading BFSI companies around the world that include RBS Banking UK, Lloyds Banking Group UK, Credit Suisse USA, ING Belgium, GE Capital India, Commonwealth Life Indonesia, PT. Bank DBS Indonesia, PT. Bank OCBC NISP Inonesia, , ANZ Indonesia,...
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Six years back we started with a noble idea of recognizing organizations who are applying Enterprise, Business & IT Architecture as a means of creating better and viable Enterprise. In the last 5 years, iCMG Architecture Award Competition driven by independent jury has become a global benchmark of acceptance as the leading companies from USA, Europe, Asia, Middle East, Africa, South America have participated in this competition. The iCMG Award competition provides a neutral, peer-driven evaluation opportunity for some of the biggest names such as S&P Capital IQ and S&P Dow Jones Indices, Deutsche Bank, Royal Bank of Scotland, BNP Paribas,...
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In fact, best and most popular Process Methodology (& frameworks) have collectively failed CEOs time and again as most process frameworks are devoid of insight to Enterprise Anatomy and its impact in handling change. We have found the use of Enterprise Architecture as a solid basis for business process improvement. It helps in creating necessary process primitives and underlying anatomy. If you need to support your CEO's new goal of increasing revenue in the next quarter, then you must look inside processes across 10-11 departments such as Sales, Marketing, Customer Support, Product development, Product/Service Delivery, Technology Management, HRD, Finance, Account Management, Quality,...
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In fact, when we were starting on CEO’s request for the increase in revenue,  we had some idea how and where to start. We knew changes to be done to “Sales” process and possibly in the “Engineering” processes. There were chances of little changes in the “Marketing” department. Was that good enough? We never saw the need to evaluate impact on “Product/Service Delivery” processes, process related to “Technology Management”,  HR processes related to hire engineers and support personnel, “Account Management” processes? So, this is how you will learn in an iterative manner.  That’s why it’s important to focus on incremental but...
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In this blog, I will focus on three key things. First, how to define a "business process", so that it's structure is understood in a consistent manner. Second, why it's important to understand link between business process with other enterprise assets such as strategy, systems? Third, why an Enterprise should focus on interdependency between "Business Process" across departments. Problem 1 – Understanding structure of a Business Process Let me start by asking which of the following Business Process diagrams are complete? So, that they are ready for implementation or realization? Sample 1. Travel Booking Process Sample 2. Purchase Request Process Sample...
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In my professional journey, one common factor was the buzzwords around process improvement. The rampant and frenzied explosion of process methodology (over 300-400 methodology) and frameworks have not simplified the life of business leaders. In fact, best and most popular Process Methodology (Frameworks) have collectively failed them again and again. In Nov 2014, Chief Executive magazine reported that nearly 90% of the CEO's have failed to meet their target. Nearly, 40 CEOs in the Retail industry (in US alone) are replaced in 2014 that include likes of Walmart, Barnes & Noble, GAP, etc. You will agree that none of these 40...
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In the last few years, we have been trying to decipher the commonality and virtues from the Top CEOs list published by likes of HBR, Forbes, Fortune, Business Today, etc. At first glance, such list could be easily dismissed as an over-indulgent drama. As several CEOs who happen to be in such coveted list one year are unceremoniously shown the door few years later. Nevertheless, our interest in such lists was two folds. First, what are the qualities that made them successful. And second, did they apply the principles of Enterprise Architecture in their work knowingly or unknowingly? In addition, our...
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It's interesting to see that "Business Architecture" is getting recognized as a critical element for enterprise survival, as well as growth. Unfortunately, hardly 10% of the Business Strategies are getting translated into operation (of that, what percentage is efficient...is anyone's guess?). Before we discuss in detail, let me share a short definition of Business Architecture. The Business Architecture is the basis of defining and managing a business entity. It helps in defining the functional structure of an enterprise in terms of its business services, business information, business timing cycles, business locations and business stakeholders for achieving business goals. Business Architecture models...
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