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Government Organisations and Agencies are focusing more on more in delivering Customer centric services. Banking and Financial Services Industry that has been well known for early technology adoption has been very active with large scale Business Transformation Programs. Not to be outdone, Education, Hospitality and Utilities industries have kicked off several transformation programs with customer centricity in mind. This year’s “ANZ & Asia Pacific Architecture Excellence Awards 2017” has received nominations from 15 Companies in BFSI, Government, Hospitality, FinTech, Logistics, Education, Utilities Industry Groups in the ANZ and Asia Pacific Region. Here, I will give you a brief overview of the...
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Enterprises are complex living organisms that need to address their own “Health Issues” to survive and thrive. When they ignore this it results in premature “Death” of the Enterprise. Over the years, while the average life expectancy of human beings has improved tremendously, the life expectancy of Enterprises have come down. It is interesting to note that human life expectancy has improved after a thorough understanding of Human Anatomy and improved Diagnostics. A key to fixing Enterprise Disorders is the understanding of Enterprise “Anatomy” and improved Enterprise “X-Rays”. It is also interesting to note that thousands of Business and IT Managers...
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In today’s world of rapidly evolving Enterprises, we hear about major corporations closing shop, getting taken over or pulling the plug on large scale programs due to over spending etc., This is because in many cases, Executive Ideas never get implemented in the way they were supposed to be. Strategies at various levels of the Enterprises are either inconsistent or incomplete. So, how do you analyse strategies for completion and consistency? For example, how do you analyse IT Strategy in a systematic way to see if it is aligned with Business Strategy? This is especially hard when you realise that Business...
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Following is a set of Strategy statements from a Telecom carrier Merger scenario: 1) “In response to the dramatic change in the Telecommunications and Media sector we will offer High speed data services over Broadband, VoIP and IPT offering with high speed access to these services anytime anywhere” 2) “In order to reduce demand on call centres we will need to enable customers to do more for themselves via the web – for example to subscribe to new services, change their service packages and resolve their own Billing enquiries” 3) “Our Legacy systems of 5 Billing Systems, 7 CRM’s and multiple...
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CEO of a Pharmaceuticals company wants to reduce the “Time to Market” of bringing in a new drug. CEO of a Bank wants to provide Mobile Banking and Payment Services using Social Media. CEO of a Retail organisation wants to extend their Retail Channels. CEO of an Energy company wants to diversify to alternate sources of Power. These are Enterprise Problems and need Architecting or Re-Architecting the Enterprise. What is the likely scenario here? He or She might ask their Corporate Strategy and Planning dept to come up with a Strategy and Plan. Lets assume for a moment that the CEO...
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Mr. Middleman is a Senior Business Architect for a Telecommunications Company. His company has many Small to Medium Customers. Mr. Middleman’s job role involves translating the business requirements into technology specifications for IT to implement. He also has to understand the business strategies of the Telco and take in the strategic requirements of his customers in delivering solutions. This often involves getting many functional areas within the Telco to work together. He has found that each department has its own metrics and measures for targets and that they often do not align or at cross purposes with the company’s metrics and...
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The term “Enterprise Architecture” conjures up a picture of large scale activity over a long period of time after which you reap the rewards. Many organisations are so hungry for quick results that they are put off by this idea of Enterprise Architecture thus losing out on the benefits it has to offer. Enterprise Architecture could be IT centric although it does not have to be like that always. It can be understood as IT Strategic Planning with an Architecture twist. So, how do you do this in an Agile manner? Firstly we have to understand what are some of the...
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Digital Transformation is the latest Buzz Phrase that is doing the rounds. Exactly what is it? As is typical of things in the Hype cycle, nothing much is available in a clear-cut form. Several Management Consulting company white papers and blogs include the usual automation in the fold. Some others are so vague that it is all marketing, marketing and more marketing. Anyway, after a lot of “Googling”, this is my understanding: We are looking at four areas: Digital Customer Experience Digital Media Digital Marketing Digital Content The underlying message seems to be that Consumer behaviour is changing rapidly due to...
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Archimate as an Architecture modeling language has been gaining momentum in the past few years. Being able to represent real life situations as models is a significant part of any Architecture work. What makes it difficult is that the Architecture community which includes Enterprise Architects, Solution Architects and Designers all have their own different ways of modeling. This means each group is talking their own language and collaboration is that much harder. Another drawback is that as Enterprise Assets, they become difficult to integrate. This means the “Trees” and “Forests” don’t align. Thus Architects don’t speak with one voice and lose...
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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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