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Globally, organizations are working on offsetting economic dampening behavior with new products and services in regular interval. CEOs are working hard to retain their market share. Very often, results are not favorable due to the inherent business complexity and associated business structure. As a result, even incremental changes are expensive and time-consuming. In 2014 November, Chief Executive magazine reported that nearly 90% of the CEO's have failed to meet their target. Almost 40 CEOs in the Retail industry were replaced in 2014 that included likes of Walmart, Barnes & Noble, GAP, etc. Ideally speaking Enterprise Architecture should have been used for...
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35 companies from across the world walked away with the iCMG Architecture Excellence Award 2016 during the glittering awards night held at The Le Meridien, Bangalore (India) on the 8th of September, 2016. The winners were selected from more than 200 nominations for four different categories - technical, business, enterprise and industry verticals.   Globally, organizations are working on new ideas and creating products and services to ascertain their competitive edge. While the never ending noise (opinions) influences every project team and their work, it's difficult to pinpoint the exact recipe to what it takes to be successful.   One thing...
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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 on time resulting in longevity of people. The key is to understand "enterprise anatomy" (building blocks) and interaction between them. An enterprise doctor should...
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  In our research spread across last 18 years, we looked at the evolution of several engineering disciplines, management practices, methodologies, strategy frameworks and related bodies of knowledge. It was evident that the idea of Enterprise Anatomy didn’t figure anywhere. CEOs are investing a great deal in creating winning strategies. Globally, organizations are working on offsetting economic dampening behaviour with new products and services in regular interval. Very often, results are not favourable due to inherent Business complexity and associated business structure. As a result, even incremental changes are expensive and time-consuming. In Nov 2014, Chief Executive Magazine reported that 80%...
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Current CEO, COO Job Positions are asking for Enterprise Architecture Skills Clearly without Using the Label? Every human being has an anatomy with 11 plus organ systems, explicit or implicit. This anatomy  (structure) is the basis of the functioning of a person. Similarly, ever Enterprise has an Anatomy (explicit or implied) consisting of 15 plus key Function area such as Sale, Marketing, Engineering, Product Management, Manufacturing, Service Delivery, Technology Management, IT, HR, Finance, etc. The Enterprise Architecture can be used for creating Enterprise Anatomy and after that, for managing change and complexity as the Enterprise evolves. An Enterprise Architect’s role and...
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We introduced our IT Architecture course in 1999 when the use of word "Architecture" was still rare in the context of Enterprise or IT. In the last 17 years, we have seen growing adoption and interest in the subject. It's encouraging to see that "IT Architecture" is getting recognized as a critical element for enterprise survival as well as success. In the last 7 years alone, we have assessed over 2000 plus projects (& initiatives) and the progress on ground is not very encouraging. The idea of IT "Architecture" is often confused with IT "Implementation". The challenges related to growing...
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Last month, while meeting C-Level executives who are pursuing multiple initiatives to reinforce their business competitiveness, it was pretty evident that they are betting big money on new initiatives without knowing anything about the anatomy of company beforehand. Each one had their share of issues and problems at hand.  Here, is a quick look at the key points from three Chief Operating Officers (COOs). One from a leading bank in the Middle East, another one from a global leading remittance and bill payment service provider and third one from a Doctor who is managing operations of chain of 20 hospitals specialized in cancer treatment...
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In the last six years, iCMG Global Architecture Excellence Award Competition is driven by independent jury has become a  global benchmark of excellence as the leading companies from USA, Europe, Asia, Middle East, Africa, South America have participated in this competition. This year 27 companies walked home with Global Awards for Architecture Excellence amidst enough fanfare - See more The iCMG Award competition provides a neutral, peer-driven evaluation opportunity for Enterprises worldwide. In last six years, we have received feedback from the participating organizations. These inputs have resulted in new award categories, refinement of the evaluation process, etc.    Why Regional Awards?   In...
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27 companies walked home with Global Awards for Architecture Excellence amidst enough fanfare. iCMG Hall of Fame   Clive Finkelstein   "Father" of Information Engineering (IE) Industry Verticals, Best Enterprise & IT Architecture BFSI   UK Initiative: Confident Decisions Through Data Integrity Initiative: Enterprise wide join up of system of records data to support the implementation of a cost analytic capability USA Initiative: Enterprise Architecture Metamodel, EA Repository And Tools Telecom   Spain Initiative: Transforming IT to I3 Manufacturing   India Initiative: Servigistics Implementation for Tata Motors Initiative: Metallurgy – Automated Alloy Composition Display (MAAC-D) Govt / Defense / Public...
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The most simplistic definition of Enterprise Architecture by John Zachman is related to "Reification" i.e. translating an idea to realization. An Enterprise Architect should be able to transform an idea to operation (realization). Typically, the journey of an "idea" to "realization" goes via six stages of transformation. These are Strategy models, Process Models, System Models, Technology Models, Implementation and Operation models. Unknowingly most Entrepreneurs apply these stages of transformation in realizing their ideas to customer-centric products and services. Since, these transformation ( idea to realization) is so natural, you will often find them creating new products and services. This becomes basis...
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