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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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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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Last month, I was meeting C-Level executives who are pursuing and driving multiple initiatives to reinforce their business competitiveness. Each one had their share of issues and problems at hand.  Here, is a quick look at the key points from three Chief Operating Officers (COOs). One from a leading bank in the Middle East, another one from a global leading remittance and bill payment service provider and third one from a Doctor who is managing operations of chain of 20 hospitals specialized in cancer treatment The Chief Operating Officer (COO) of leading domestic bank in the Middle East, was worried about their...
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You might not be aware but your enterprise has an Enterprise Architecture, so you better start cashing in on its benefits. It would be a big waste not to because every day time and effort is spent on your Enterprise Architecture. And there is no way to stop this, EA is not an option, it is a necessity. When I look at the things I do, like doing small jobs in my garage or preparing a meal, I follow a certain pattern. Somehow I transformed random activities into fixed patterns. Not because I had to, not because I needed to cooperate...
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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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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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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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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 trained and prepared 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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