We have all experienced moments where we have had to make a big or important decision, without any form of guidance, help, or support. It’s a well-known fact that managers make many decisions based on gut feeling. This may be fine for smaller decisions, but what about big(ger) strategic decisions? Informed decision making is becoming a trend, with many organizations dispelling gut-based decisions and incorporating tools and analytics to help reach the best possible decision.
Business Model Management
During Business Process Management trainings, people often ask me about the best modeling technique: How to model a process model? Where do I begin? Top-down or bottom-up process? Questions that many of you have asked yourselves when beginning to design a process model. In this blog I would like to take you along with me to the world of top-down or bottom-up modeling. Let me start by clarifying some frequently used terms. Then, I will share several personal experiences and my preferred method of working.
Sharing knowledge and good practices is one of the core values of BiZZdesign. We regularly organize and contribute to online and offline seminars, conferences and round tables. We recently had a very successful seminar on Enterprise Architecture in Dutch healthcare. After presentations on “Dilemma’s for Architects”, based on the relation between physical and digital architecture in healthcare and “Data Management”, we had a debate to discuss associated topics further with our attendees. Please share your good and worst practices by reacting to this blog.
Over centuries, we have seen architects and engineers leading innovation. The Romans building ingenious aqueducts, the construction of the Canal du Midi and the Eiffel Tower in France, or more recently the Norman Foster’s Millau viaduct or landmark buildings like the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao by Frank Gehry. Buildings that inspire and stretch technological possibilities. Ideas that have literally shaped construction and design, and transformed their surroundings. Read more
The Open Group Architecture Framework (TOGAF) is the most popular framework for developing an enterprise architecture (EA). It is an open standard and may be used freely by any organization wishing to develop an enterprise architecture for use within that organization. BiZZdesign believes in an EA approach that is based on open standards and frameworks. We combine and pre-package frameworks and standards like TOGAF and ArchiMate as an accelerated approach to jump-start customers’ EA programs. In this blog we will explain how we use TOGAF as framework, apply it in practice, with the goal of doing business-outcome-driven EA.
Earlier this week, a large Dutch insurance company got itself into the national headlines after mixing up sensitive customer data. By mistake, over 2,500 participants in a large-scale medical research received an e-mail with information that was intended for other participants.
“In creating and handling the data, we made a mistake. This way we accidentally coupled the wrong information to the e-mail addresses of the research participants”. According to the insurance company, this was a “human error’’, and not an error in the organization’s system, which was tested extensively. Read more
Very few organizations have a systematic and reliable way of translating a business strategy into action across all relevant elements of the organization. Implementing a long-term plan by successive decomposition, design and realization steps is only possible in stable circumstances. Classical top-down strategy implementation cannot keep up with the transformation speed required in a rapidly changing environment.
Over the past years many organizations have been working with an Agile method for software development, providing the design team and development team with a particularly important role. Within several projects in which I was involved I had the chance to experience this from up close. In this blog I would like to share five top tips to help a design team efficiently and effectively perform within an Agile environment. Read more
Until quite recently, IT security was exclusively the domain of security specialists. However, in the last couple of years, organizations have started to realize that IT-related risks cannot be seen in isolation, and should be considered as an integral part of Enterprise Risk and Security Management (ERSM). ERSM includes methods and techniques used by organizations to manage all types of risks related to the achievements of their objectives.
In a previous blog post, Marc Lankhorst discussed the value of EA in managing risk, compliance and security in the enterprise. He suggested a number of steps to take next; two of these steps are discussed in more detail in this blog:
For many organizations, the enterprise landscape is growing out of control. Simply keeping up with competition and evolving markets means that organizations constantly renew services offered to customers. These new services are supported by new processes, applications and infrastructure that are added to the landscape, making it larger and more complex. Read more
In my previous blog post on Enterprise Architecture at BiZZdesign in 2014, I described how the true value of architecture lies in its relationship with other disciplines within the enterprise.
We recently organized a workshop at BiZZdesign for enterprise architects in healthcare. A mixed group, from hospitals and other healthcare providers. In the workshop, various issues were discussed. We want to highlight some of these topics in this blog.
In a previous blog post, I discussed the notion of strategic issues and the need to reconcile them in order to define ones strategy. In this post I will talk about the business model canvas (based on the excellent book by Alexander Osterwalder) as a tool which helps to (a) communicate about strategic choices, (b) analyze ones business model, and (c) consolidate the results of various analyses such as SWOT, value chain analysis, or Blue Ocean analysis.
In my previous blog posts, I discussed the way I see strategy work and the types of models that can be used, and how the business model canvas should be the focal point for architecture work. In this blog post, I will show that enterprise architecture is the tool to go from strategy and business model to execution.
Business models are a helpful way to define a business strategy and steer an organization in the “right” direction. Furthermore, business models foster discussions on the way organizations want to deliver value to their customers. Building business models is fun! Thinking about your organization and its future in an abstract manner is addictive, since there is no chance of failure…
Times are tough: many businesses are struggling to stay afloat in the wild economic currents. Many organizations attempt to find a “blue ocean” of uncontested space, but let’s face it: most of us are stuck in a “red ocean” with a lot of competition, growing power of both suppliers and consumers and increased threat of substitutes. Indeed, one can argue that it is “all hands on deck” for many organizations in their struggle to survive.
In Lean Management, a lot of time is spent finding and eliminating waste. Our processes and organizations are full of waste. In the Lean philosophy these wastes should not be dealt with as ‘problems’, but as opportunities for improvement.
Enterprise Architecture supports implementation of change in a coordinated way. Building an Enterprise Architecture Capability is a process of change in itself, and thus can be supported by Enterprise Architecture methods and tools. In this White Paper we described how a high-level approach for the initiation and development of the Enterprise Architecture capability can be derived from TOGAF, and especially its core component the Architecture Development Method (ADM). This high level approach consists of four steps: