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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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I would like to share my takeaways from the workshop, following Krish's blog post. As you can see from the accompanying photo, this hands-on workshop was held in a compact and cosy room which makes it even more interactive.  Consequently, there was constant exchange of thoughts, questions and answers between everyone in the room, instructors and students alike. A few such exchanges are worth sharing with the wider audience of architects in this forum. It seems like a monumental effort to attempt to populate an enterprise anatomy, given that it represents the ontology of the holistic enterprise.  While this effort cannot to be under-estimated, it was generally...
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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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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 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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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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