How to make faster, cheaper & reliable decision using Enterprise X-rays?
Scientific Way of Managing Enterprise
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At iCMG, we have proven beyond doubt that “Enterprise Architecture is a scientific basis for creating, maintaining and running an Enterprise. Use of enterprise primitives, complex composites, dynamic traceability models, relationship matrix, gap analysis, impact analysis, simulation etc. provides necessary enterprise x-rays for visualization and understanding enterprise disorders. These enterprise x-rays provide mathematical basis for enterprise diagnosis. The year 2012 have been a breakthrough year as we have successfully demonstrated (few dozen times) how to address enterprise issues and problems in 45 days cycle. This is unlike popular belief that enterprise architecture initiatives need at least six months to deliver something significant.
The idea of Enterprise Architecture is to describe the fundamental structure of an Enterprise. In order to achieve this, we need to discover the underlying, elementary, single variable, “primitive” structural element. These primitives in their aggregate would describe the Enterprise in its entirety.
The way nature is populated with chemical compounds, enterprises are populated with “enterprise compounds” or “composites"(multi variable models).
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Discover the primitives
Analyze the available composites to discover the enterprise primitives. Today, most of the enterprise architecture artifacts are composite in nature and are in various formats such as PDF, Excel sheet, Word doc, BPMN models etc.
Model primitives (single variable models)
Model these ‘architectural primitives’ using standard notations based on UML, BPMN, BMM. Please note that only those symbols are used which are primitive in nature. Single variable primitive models are important to create the appropriate composites for diagnosis of different enterprise problems.
Create the basic composites ( two variable models)
Composite models are created to establish relationship between various enterprise primitive models such as business goals, business process, locations, process owners, applications etc. We need to create simple composite (2 variables) and complex composite (3 variables and more) which will be used for creating necessary enterprise X-rays for diagnosis.
Enterprise problem identification and defining interdependencies
Sample Enterprise disorders include IT application rationalization, business process improvement, optimize IT outsourcing, cost savings, isolate duplicate processes, COTS selection, business expansion, new product or service etc. Also, it’s import to understand the dependencies across them. We should avoid solving enterprise disorders in isolation.
Identification of the framework cells which are responsible for the problem.
This is similar to doctors and surgeons trying to figure out which human body organ responsible for the body disorder. This will help to minimize the confusion and underlying risks
Create the “Target” composite models
This is similar to creating X-rays for diagnosis in medical field. For every problem, we have to create the necessary enterprise composites. The diagram shows the way to create composite from the primitives we have identified earlier. Composites models are multi- variable models which allow decision makers to visualize important relationships and dependency between the elements.
It’s time to diagnose the problem and its impact using traceability models, relationship matrix, gap analysis, impact analysis. On average around 200-250 models are used for impact analysis. Composite views allow decision makers to view important relationships between the elements and their impact. Impact analysis across 300-500 enterprise elements which earlier took around 6-7 months could be created within few hours. This ensures that you can predict impact and changes even before initiating implementation.
Solution options, prototype and transformation
Based on the effective diagnosis, our teams create multiple solution models and test them. Based on the results of evaluation, they will create transformation and implementation plan for achieving “Target”. Such plans are created by considering the cost benefit analysis, portfolio optimization, risk assessment and financial impact. Of course, our team will be part of architecture governance to ensure that enterprise problems are resolved ensuring adherence to the performance goals
One has to remember that “Enterprise Architecture” is not a time bound project or initiative. It’s scientific way of managing and running an enterprise effectively. Of course, a specific enterprise problem could be taken up as a time-bound project. As and when new problems are being addressed, the enterprise primitives can be created, so as the basic composites. Just like a human body, every Enterprise will evolve (change) on a daily basis.