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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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Architects Listing John Zachman (Founder of Framework of Enterprise Architecture) says, "Enterprise Architecture" is the issue of the century. Around the world, last ten years have witnessed a growing demand and acceptance of Architects. A quick search in Linkedin for professional with "Enterprise Architect" as a title with more than 10 years experience generated around 500 results for India, 850 for Australia, around 1900 for UK and 7700 for USA i.e. USA has nearly 12 times more Enterprise Architects than India. A similar search for Solution Architect (10 + years) in USA resulted in 10500 professionals that are nearly three times...
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The EADM v2.0 (Enterprise Architecture for Decision Makers) workshop is specially designed for decision makers. 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 in a timely manner resulting in longevity of human...
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As the organizations are gearing up for new market realizations and growing customer expectations, IT is becoming both a bottleneck as well as the enabler. One of the common themes across organizations is to manage IT complexity by rationalizing existing software applications, hardware platforms, network infrastructure and centralized management of data assets. Good news is that several such initiatives are initiated with Enterprise Architecture as the basis of transformation. Unfortunately, after few days or weeks, it becomes an "excel sheet" driven project. By the time, you are ready with your final solution, most of the information in your Excel sheets are...
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Banking, Financial services and Insurance (BFSI) Companies are working hard to retain their existing customers and inveigle the new ones. While some of them are working on improving financial asset quality and improving risk managment mechanism, others are working on new product offerings, refined and new access channels and reaching out to untapped market. This year's Architectiure Award competition has nominations from 16 leading BFSI companies around the world that include RBS Banking UK, Lloyds Banking Group UK, Credit Suisse USA, ING Belgium, GE Capital India, Commonwealth Life Indonesia, PT. Bank DBS Indonesia, PT. Bank OCBC NISP Inonesia, , ANZ Indonesia,...
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We are happy to be back with the 10th edition of iCMG Architecture World Summit. Ten years in a row! but it looks like as if it was yesterday. Holy smokes where did the time go? Just returned after EAfDM (Enterprise Architecture for Decision Makers) workshop and was trying to remember the key takeaways from the interactions had with the team. I had hardly settled down, when a gentle reminder came to make a post for the Architecture World summit. Can you believe it's Ten years?  I haven't had chance to live the moments of last year's summit (Architecture World 2014) yet and now it's the...
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Six years back we started with a noble idea of recognizing organizations who are applying Enterprise, Business & IT Architecture as a means of creating better and viable Enterprise. In the last 5 years, iCMG Architecture Award Competition driven by independent jury has become a global benchmark of acceptance as the leading companies from USA, Europe, Asia, Middle East, Africa, South America have participated in this competition. The iCMG Award competition provides a neutral, peer-driven evaluation opportunity for some of the biggest names such as S&P Capital IQ and S&P Dow Jones Indices, Deutsche Bank, Royal Bank of Scotland, BNP Paribas,...
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So you either are getting TOGAF certified, just got TOGAF certified, or are seriously considering it. In any case you should be aware of the biggest myth about TOGAF certification. At iCMG we train and prepare hundreds of people every year to pass their TOGAF certification and there is a common theme we hear over and over again - it's the notion that certification is an "end" not a "mean." In other words, the thinking is, "Once I am certified I have arrived." The truth is becoming certified is only the beginning, not the end. Yes, becoming certified is common to...
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It's interesting to see that "Business Architecture" is getting recognized as a critical element for enterprise survival, as well as growth. Unfortunately, hardly 10% of the Business Strategies are getting translated into operation (of that, what percentage is efficient...is anyone's guess?). Before we discuss in detail, let me share a short definition of Business Architecture. The Business Architecture is the basis of defining and managing a business entity. It helps in defining the functional structure of an enterprise in terms of its business services, business information, business timing cycles, business locations and business stakeholders for achieving business goals. Business Architecture models...
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In fact, best and most popular Process Methodology (& frameworks) have collectively failed CEOs time and again as most process frameworks are devoid of insight to Enterprise Anatomy and its impact in handling change. We have found the use of Enterprise Architecture as a solid basis for business process improvement. It helps in creating necessary process primitives and underlying anatomy. If you need to support your CEO's new goal of increasing revenue in the next quarter, then you must look inside processes across 10-11 departments such as Sales, Marketing, Customer Support, Product development, Product/Service Delivery, Technology Management, HRD, Finance, Account Management, Quality,...
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