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Enterprises are complex living organisms that need to address their own “Health Issues” to survive and thrive. When they ignore this it results in premature “Death” of the Enterprise. Over the years, while the average life expectancy of human beings has improved tremendously, the life expectancy of Enterprises have come down. It is interesting to note that human life expectancy has improved after a thorough understanding of Human Anatomy and improved Diagnostics. A key to fixing Enterprise Disorders is the understanding of Enterprise “Anatomy” and improved Enterprise “X-Rays”. It is also interesting to note that thousands of Business and IT Managers...
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In today’s world of rapidly evolving Enterprises, we hear about major corporations closing shop, getting taken over or pulling the plug on large scale programs due to over spending etc., This is because in many cases, Executive Ideas never get implemented in the way they were supposed to be. Strategies at various levels of the Enterprises are either inconsistent or incomplete. So, how do you analyse strategies for completion and consistency? For example, how do you analyse IT Strategy in a systematic way to see if it is aligned with Business Strategy? This is especially hard when you realise that Business...
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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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In my earlier days, I was amazed to see the number of management and strategy frameworks. Even today, it's surprising to find that strategy models continue to be one of the least formal.  Very often available in installments of excel and PPT files, to be used at your own risk. In fact, there is NO version control or baseline for the strategy models. Try asking a Sales  Director to share sales strategies deployed by company 2 years prior to his joining when the revenue was at peak? If you are lucky, you might get a one page note in some magazine...
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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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  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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Data Architecture Assessment

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Problem Definition I had a chance to review Data Architecture of a small ERP (I’m citing an example of sales module where address and invoice tables de-normalized to accommodate some of address attribute in the Invoice table) in a firm which has small database (in terms of table only having 50 tables and few stored procedures as well because of bad coding practicef) but I found that those are quite messy. They were using structured data architecture and implemented database in RDBMS server so, in that case, the implemented database structures should have been in, and at least, the 3rd Normal...
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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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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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