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It’s interesting to note that Enterprise Architecture have made their way up to the boardroom just as a board level talk of outsourcing did in the 1990s. When re-skilling has become only way of effective survival, participating in Exclusive workshops like Zachman Certified Enterprise Architect will prove useful. But justifying your attendance and convincing your management about the workshop is seldom an easy task! However to make your job easy, we have collated information that can help management appreciate the tangible benefits. This will help you to communicate the value, cost analysis, event plan to your manager. Modify the information as required. Apart...
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The pace of technological advancement is creating enormous potential to create and deliver better customer experiences through technology-enabled process innovation. But in order to reap the rewards, organizations need to move beyond the limits of their current business models. Instead, they must look to what they should be doing rather than just improving on what they already do. We are quite used to running our businesses based on what existing technology enables us to make happen. For instance, today, technological innovations like internet-enabled mobile devices have allowed businesses to innovate news ways of doing things that were previously unthinkable. But in many cases,...
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“Business Process Management is entering a new era and one that will have seismic levels of impact on business as we know it today”. Could this be true? Well according to Charles Bennett, Member of Executive Team at iCMG, the answer is most definitely yes. Business process improvement has been traditionally focussed on driving cost out of an organisation, eliminating redundancy and waste – in other words “doing things better”. Some organisations in other industries, for instance British Airways, GE, Motorola and Toyota who have espoused operating excellence and embedded methodologies such as six sigma and lean into their organisations with...
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It’s has been hectic year as I travelled along with John for the "Zachman Certified Enterprise Architect" Workshops. The most interesting part of such trips is to meet practitioners, business leaders, etc. and learn new aspects of Enterprise Architecture. Every city (Sydney, Washington, Colorado Springs, Green bay, Stavanger, London etc.) brings new set up people and their questions. Every time, I meet participants and they do have some idea of Zachman Framework as the graphic is easily available for download. Unfortunately, most of them have limited insight to utility of framework in real life. In fact, one of the participant, who...
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This article is based on the findings in Janne Ohtonen’s PhD thesis called BPMC – Business Process Management Capabilities, which was done for the University of Turku during the years 2010-2013. The results presented below are the capabilities that are related to successful BPM initiatives found in over 150 scientific studies conducted over the last 20 years and tested through case studies. The Business Process Management Capabilities that were identified in this research are presented in the list below. These capabilities are divided into three categories to make it easier to read them. You can benefit from these capabilities by evaluating, how capable your organization is...
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What is the importance of the Architecture Repository? Architecture Repository helps to organise all the information assets needed to successfully manage an Enterprise Architecture Practice. It is much more than a place for holding Reference Materials.   What is the Standards Information Base? Standards Information Base is where we maintain information about the Standard Products and Processes for use within our Enterprise.   Why is Architecture Landscape important to an enterprise? Architecture Landscape holds Architecture Descriptions of the Baseline and Target Architectures at various levels of detail.This necessary to carry out Architecture Development Cycles properly and also to do Impact...
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Lean organizational culture helps manufacturing organizations to stay on track with Lean in the long run. The Lean culture is critical for sustainability; and to change it, you have to change your management system. If you stop following through Lean practices because things seem stable and in control, it is certain that you will soon face unstable and out-of-control processes. Lean management culture is crucial to the success of Lean production, because it both sustains and extends the gains from establishing Lean procedures. The Outside-In perspective expands the traditional way of perceiving Lean, which is very internally focused into organization’s activities....
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Any process development program is a phased program. The first important phase is the launch. You need a plan in which the organization describes how it will roll out the Business Process Management initiative, selects processes for development and trains the people to lead the actual implementation. Your plan for a successful BPM deployment should include, but is not limited to the following nine steps: 1. Choose a suitable BPM method. Not every process development method is suitable for every organization; you should make sure that you pick the one that helps your organization and then stick with it for long enough...
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Do you have an employee reward model in your organization? Have you ever thought, who has designed it and for what purpose? Sometimes HR people design the reward model to keep people committed to the organization. In some organizations, management designs the reward model to keep people motivated to work. Financial departments may reward people based on financial numbers like growth in turnover and profit. And in some cases, it may not even be a bad idea to share the wealth that organization receives! The problem with this, however, is that people may not know what exactly they are supposed to...
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It is obvious that in today’s marketplace, every organization must become more efficient. In a Lean and Six Sigma world this means eliminating waste, which will assume one of these forms: Overproduction and Inventory: Both old and new organizations easily fall into the trap of overproduction, some producing goods before there are buyers while others are producing more goods than there is demand for. Both situations are bad for the organization, especially from an internal perspective. From a customer perspective, overproduction might lead to shorter delivery times and lowered market price. The customer-oriented perspective might indicate that customers get the products in the...
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