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In this blog, I will focus on three key things. First, how to define a "business process", so that it's structure is understood in a consistent manner. Second, why it's important to understand link between business process with other enterprise assets such as strategy, systems? Third, why an Enterprise should focus on interdependency between "Business Process" across departments. Problem 1 – Understanding structure of a Business Process Let me start by...
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In my professional journey, one common factor was the buzzwords around process improvement. The rampant and frenzied explosion of process methodology (over 300-400 methodology) and frameworks have not simplified the life of business leaders. In fact, best and most popular Process Methodology (Frameworks) have collectively failed them again and again. In Nov 2014, Chief Executive magazine reported that nearly 90% of the CEO's have failed to meet their target. Nearly, 40...
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In the last few years, we have been trying to decipher the commonality and virtues from the Top CEOs list published by likes of HBR, Forbes, Fortune, Business Today, etc. At first glance, such list could be easily dismissed as an over-indulgent drama. As several CEOs who happen to be in such coveted list one year are unceremoniously shown the door few years later. Nevertheless, our interest in such lists was...
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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...
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You have just completed 4 gruelling days of our TOGAF® 9.1 Workshop Training. While it had all been worth it, you feel there also had been lots and lots of information to digest. Now that you are back to your daily work routine, you are also worried that your daily work routine may distract you from all the newly gained knowledge prior to the certification exam. So, what do you do?...
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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 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 nearly 90% of the CEO's have failed to meet their target. Nearly,...
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We are happy to bring out a new program specially for business executives.The iCMG Enterprise Architecture Leadership Certification (iEALC) Program is aimed at evaluating skills and experiences necessary to practice Enterprise Architecture successfully in your organization by creating, evaluating and executing business strategies that get results. In the last 14 years, iCMG Consultants have instrumental in creating services to support the architecture ecosystem across the globe (42 Plus countries). Every year, our...
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William Branson introduced iCMG's new "Master EA" Program via his featured article entitled "The Biggest Myth About TOGAF Certification"  available on : http://bit.ly/1H5T0WP I think this program is very useful especially as a second step for Certified Enterprise Architects but also for those that attend iCMG's TOGAF training sessions to get certified. This is what I started at least the first steps... during our last "ArchiMate integrated TOGAF in-house workshop" in New York for S&P - ... by...
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In a recent Blog Post The Biggest Myth About TOGAF Certification, my colleague William Branson pointed out ways of becoming more effective and become a Master Enterprise Architect. This is because Enterprise Architecture work is complex and while getting a TOGAF®  Certification is an essential first step, aspiring EA’s need an experienced guiding hand in this journey. So, what are the complexities? These arise in three areas. They are Organisational, Enterprise...
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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...
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