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We are happy and excited to announce launch of iArchitecture Store – online digital store service. iCMG iArchitecture Store service provides opportunity for Enterprise & IT Architecture.product and service owners to sell downloadable digital products.This initiative takes us one-step further in encouraging community participation in evolving the Architecture discipline.Being a "Content Seller" with iCMG you can sell your digital assets related to Enterprise & IT Architecture at our iArchitecture Store. Using this platform you can reach customers in 30 plus countries and earn 50 to 70%. You can start by selling content related to TOGAF or any other Architecture related eBooks (PDF),...
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Janne Ohtonen has done a scientific research on business process management capabilities through expert interviews, surveys and case studies with three international companies. Through that research, he has been able to identify the top ten most important BPM capabilities that organizations should have. Improving your BPM capabilities will ensure more likely success in business process management initiatives. The success is built through people, process and technology aspects, which all contribute to BPM. Here is the top ten of most important BPM capabilities in order of importance: Co-workers have confidence and trust in each other. The employees of an organization implement processes....
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The success factors below have emerged from a large-scale study among companies and in the public sector. The characteristics of both high-performing organisations and underperforming organisations were compared in relation to the use and success of Business Intelligence. Very critical Regular evaluation and adjustment of standards and targets Consistent use of information for analysis and action Using information for the purpose of innovation Fairly critical Information is tuned to target groups and organisational roles Active involvement of top management (daily) with Business Intelligence Negative or positive performances are discussed Focus on customer and process, particularly through CRM Critical Close tracking of...
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Enterprise Architects do possess higher order skills. Along with proven tools, techniques, frameworks and models, we engage in useful craft of architecting and designing IT solutions, that transform businesses. Along the way, we develop the technical and strategic insights to understand business needs and drivers. We see stakeholders’ viewpoints and requirements. Thus, armed with expertise, we drive the EA process vigorously in our enterprise, yet, often, Enterprise Architect has not many friends and could be the ‘lone-ranger’ in a forest of wolves. EAs need to go beyond expertise to engagements, from technical to social intelligence! Enterprise is a social ecosystem and...
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In my previous post we discussed about our newly launched Ask the Architects (ATA) Service. Hope you had a chance to post your queries to our experts. If not, go ahead and share your Architecture issues and our team will be more than happy to assist. In the last several years, I have interacted and participated in various discussion forums. Very often discussion forums lacked basic features like file attachment, similar question search etc. Also it is a common experience among the experts that after one or two replies on a post, the discussion tend to lose the track or...
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You may have come across the saying by Dwight David Eisenhower, which reminds us that it is not only necessary to do the right thing, but to do it in the right way also.By aligning the process excellence to business strategy you can make sure that everyone in the organisation is contributing to the same goals. Many times business strategy is just a fluffy word to employees and does not bear real meaning to them. By focusing on business from an Outside-In perspective using customer centric processes techniques, you can make the strategy come alive in daily work. First, let’s define the...
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The US-based Net Promoter Score (NPS) is used by businesses across the globe as an indicator of company growth and customer loyalty. Many of the world’s largest and most successful companies also rely on the NPS. But what does the NPS tell us about company performance? And can it really be used universally? I am not convinced that the NPS is suitable for every market – we need to handle what appears on first view a great tool – with a little care. This may seem a bold statement, but if you look at the way some companies measure performance, the...
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In short, the process world really needs to change. I’m not suggesting that we revolutionize everything we have ever learnt about process but I am thinking that today’s methods need to be more in sync with the demands of the business world. Every year about 10,000 change books are published and whilst many of them overlap they are written because today’s change approaches are still falling short. In the world of process this means: Most of the frameworks for BPM change have been developed for the structured process or the production line. The drive to reduce variation, defects and waste is...
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If you think about this question for a few seconds and then poll the answer, the top 2 would be probably be: What problem am I trying to solve? What goal am I trying to achieve? For most of us that is exactly what we are focusing on when we embark on a change project - A symptom of a problem occurs in our business. We identify the underlying problem or goal and unless it is something that can be readily solved as part of our day to day activity, we assign impact then priority and turn it into a project...
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"Ask the Architect" is a new architecture service from iCMG for your prompt and "on-demand" architecture need. There is worldwide acceptance of Enterprise / IT Architecture as an emerging engineering discipline. It's both urgent and critical to ensure timely solution of the architecture issues. You will agree that delay in resolving architecture disputes could have far reaching impact on your project, systems and enterprise success. Though the dependency on architect is increasing, the cost of architecture service is getting higher. The key reason being there are few good practicing architect world over. With "Ask the Architect", an expert can respond...
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