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Get Leaner and Address Enterprise Problems in 30 Days Cycle - Redefining Enterprise Architecture, Part 2

Get Leaner and Address Enterprise Problems in 30 Days Cycle - Redefining Enterprise Architecture, Part 2

This blog is in continuation of my last blog Get Leaner and Address Enterprise Problems - Part 1.

One has to remember that “Enterprise Architecture” is not a time bound project or initiative. It’s scientific way of creating, managing and running an enterprise effectively. Of course, a specific enterprise problem could be taken up as a time-bound project. As and when new problems are being addressed, the enterprise primitives can be created, so as the basic composites. Just like a human body, every Enterprise will evolve (change) on a daily basis.

At iCMG, we have developed a methodology for addressing enterprise disorders in 30-45 days cycle using Zachman Framework. There are 8 steps for addressing enterprise issues. 

  Discover the primitive 
Model primitives (single variable models)

Create the basic composites ( two variable models)
Enterprise problem identification and defining interdependencies

Identification of the framework cells which are responsible for the problem

Create the “Target” composite models


Solution options, prototype and transformation

In this blog post, let's look at the four steps, their definition, key focus areas and outcome. Use of enterprise primitives and how to create complex composites ( 2 variable composites, 3 variable composites etc.).

Discover the primitive

Analyze the available composites to discover the enterprise primitives. Today, most of the enterprise architecture artifacts are composite in nature and are in various formats such as PDF, Excel sheet, Word doc, BPMN models etc.

Model primitives (single variable models)

Model these ‘architectural primitives’ using standard notations based on UML, BPMN, BMM. Please note that only those symbols are used which are primitive in nature. Single variable primitive models are important to create the appropriate composites for diagnosis of different enterprise problems.

Create the composites ( multi variable models)

Composite models are created to establish relationship between various enterprise primitive models such as business goals, business process, locations, process owners, applications etc. We need to create simple composite (2 variables) and complex composite (3 variables and more) which will be used for creating necessary enterprise X-rays for diagnosis.

Enterprise problem identification and defining interdependencies

Sample Enterprise disorders include IT application rationalization, business process improvement, optimize IT outsourcing, cost savings, isolate duplicate processes, COTS selection, business expansion, new product or service etc. Also, it’s import to understand the dependencies across them. We should avoid solving enterprise disorders in isolation.




In the next part, will discuss step 5-8. It will be interesrting to see application of enterprise primitives, complex composites, dynamic traceability models, relationship matrix, gap analysis, impact analysis, simulation etc. Also, will discuss how to to create enterprise x-rays for visualization and understanding of some of the enterprise disorders.

Don't be surprised if you find that these enterprise x-rays provide mathematical basis for enterprise diagnosis.

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