Peter Matthijssen

For our Change Agents…

These are crazy times. We all see a lot of sad things happening around the world. In addition to the personal dramas of people falling ill, and medical systems being stretched, we see a lot of businesses struggle. ‘Lock-down’ situations reduce or eliminate revenue streams and there is great uncertainty about how long restrictions will continue to apply. Many business models are not sufficiently resilient to face the current crisis. Read more

Raz Mitache

“Get Rid of All Contractors by Friday”: A Real (Crisis) Story – Part 1

(The following is a true story that was shared with us by a current BiZZdesign client. All details have been changed to protect the anonymity of the source.) Read more

Kirk Keller

An EA Response to the Pandemic, Part 1: University of Missouri

With the COVID-19 pandemic in full swing, it seems hard to imagine that so little time ago everything was business as usual. Read more

Marc LankhorstPatrick Derde

Expressing the BIAN® Reference Model for the Banking Industry in the ArchiMate® Modeling Language

Recently, the Banking Industry Architecture Network (BIAN) published version 8.0 of its financial industry reference architecture (https://bian.org/servicelandscape-8-0/). This provides a comprehensive model of the business capabilities, business scenarios, service domains and business objects used in banking and other financial services. Read more

Mark Peters

Unleash the power of HoriZZon on SharePoint & Confluence

At BiZZdesign, we believe collaboration is a key success factor for business change. In fact, collaboration is one of the main drivers behind the development of HoriZZon. Read more

Raz Mitache

Why Doing Things Right Is Not Enough

My colleagues Marc and Matthijs recently finished a series on innovation, which made me think of the importance of being forward-facing in today’s marketplace but also of the fact that many organizations suffer on that front. Their premise was that enterprise architects can help businesses overcome this problem, given their strategic positioning within the enterprise and the valuable insights they can deliver decision makers – I recommend you read it.

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Bernd IhnenFlorian Bauer

Solve Quality Challenges for Federated Architecture Modeling at Schaeffler

Schaeffler is a globally acting component supplier for the mechanical engineering and automotive industry employing around 89,000 people. Facing the challenges and opportunities of digitization and transition from combustion engines to fuel-cell and electric vehicles, the business processes and underpinning application landscape and technology use are in an ongoing transition; generating a strong need for Enterprise Architecture. In this blog we outline the nature of EA at Schaeffler and tool support by BiZZdesign’s solution, focusing on architecture modeling quality. Read more

Marc LankhorstMatthijs Scholten

The Roles of Enterprise Architects in Innovation – Part 3

In our previous two blogs, part 1 and part 2, we introduced the three roles of architects in innovation: Read more

Marc Lankhorst

The Value of Architecture Models for Agile Organizations

In the past, I have written extensively on the combination of enterprise architecture and agile development, most recently about the notion of intentional architecture. It is clear that for any organization or system of some size, a solid architecture practice is needed next to agile ways of working.

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Raz Mitache

5 Questions CEOs Should Ask Themselves in 2020 – Part 2

Welcome back to our ‘5 Questions CEOs Should Ask Themselves in 2020’ series. Read more

Raz Mitache

5 Questions CEOs Should Ask Themselves in 2020 – Part 1

As we embark on this new journey that is the 2020’s, CEOs ought to acknowledge the crossroads that’s ahead of them, and the choice they need to make. Read more

Matthijs ScholtenMarc Lankhorst

The Roles of Enterprise Architects in Innovation – Part 2

Part 2: From Search to Scale: Coordinating Innovation

In this blog series we aim to explore the different roles enterprise architects can play in innovation in their organization. Read more

Raz Mitache

Process Optimization Challenges, Part 3: Using Lean

Welcome to the last installment in this series. Today we’re taking a look at using Lean techniques as part of a process optimization initiative. Read more

Raz Mitache

Process Optimization Challenges, Part 2: Know Your Audience

Welcome to the second part of this series on process optimization challenges. Last time we went over the importance of simplicity in process, and more specifically how looking at the big picture when affecting change can ensure that you make a more significant improvement.

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Raz Mitache

Process Optimization Challenges, Part 1: Tackle the Root Cause

Excessive complexity is something that most organizations over a certain size have to deal with. The more successful you are, the bigger the enterprise gets, and the farther removed it gradually becomes from the original core tenets that probably made it successful in the first place. So how does this hurt a company? Well, if we’re talking about the IT estate, erratic expansion and the resulting unmanaged complexity makes its presence felt in the form of higher IT management costs, increased risk, and a slow rate of innovation.

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Marc LankhorstMatthijs Scholten

The Roles of Enterprise Architects in Innovation – Part 1

Earlier this year, we published a blog about how enterprise architects can contribute to innovation. In this blog series, we want to further explore the different roles enterprise architects can play in innovation in their organization. In general, we see an increasing need for and contribution of an architectural perspective on innovation. That’s because most large organizations have become pretty complex beasts and innovating there is not always easy. Lots of moving parts need to be coordinated but not many people have the necessary overview. This is typically where enterprise architecture can add value.

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Raz Mitache

Standards of Security for EA Vendors

We’ve spoken about security on this blog before. We addressed how you can build a better protected organization with the help of enterprise architecture, for instance, and also collated our thoughts on improving cybersecurity with EA in a whitepaper (have a read if you haven’t already). That’s because we are genuinely preoccupied with the topic and we make it our business to not only adhere to high security standards ourselves, but also create awareness within our industry around this important subject.

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James GoodwinJan Jaap Elskamp

Turn the Ship Around – Break Free from the Shackles of the Present

Background

Across the globe, Enterprise Architecture teams deliver three key organizational functions. Firstly, they provide understanding of their current organization; this enables the organization to effectively control and regulate its existing operating model. Secondly, those teams provide a window into the organization’s potential, insight into where value can be found and unlocked, and an insight into the future. Thirdly, EA teams drive, enable and support the iterative improvement of this direction setting insight, and with that they translate strategy into reality, creating real business value.

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Raz Mitache

A Leading EA Tool Comes with Extras

The recent release of the annual Gartner MQ Report for Enterprise Architecture Tools provided all of us here at BiZZdesign with a very pleasant piece of news. For the fourth year in a row we were acknowledged as a Leader, and for the second time the vendor with the highest Ability to Execute score.

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Raz Mitache

The Definitive EA Tool RFP Template

A Request for Proposal (or Request for Information) is a critical stage in any business transformation process. With the need to procure a professional tool onto which to anchor the enterprise architecture practice clearly identified, the next step is just as important – but not so straightforward. It is at this junction point that one must ask themselves – How do we identify the best offer out there? What should/shouldn’t we prioritize? And is it possible to make it more difficult for ourselves, or perhaps even endanger the transformation initiative through our own fault?

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