Everybody is familiar with the SMART abbreviation. It stand for Specific, Measurable, Acceptable, Realistic and Time bounded. But this blog is not about that kind of SMART. In this blog I will discuss how to apply another type of SMART within the context of Enterprise portfolio management.
One of our core values at BiZZdesign is sharing knowledge and best practices. We regularly organize and contribute to online and offline seminars, conferences, and round tables. After a recent presentation entitled “Security is not an IT problem”, which illustrated the often lacking connection between policies and measures within organizations, we decided to have a World Cafe. In this blog post, I will present the findings of one of the debates we had, based around the importance of Information Security. Feel free to check out my last post in this series: From Security Architecture to a Secure Architecture.
Sharing knowledge and good practices is one of our core values at BiZZdesign. We regularly organize and contribute to online and offline seminars, conferences and round table sessions. After one such presentation entitled “Security is not an IT problem”, we organized a World Café to discuss the related topics like security architecture, security controls, and security systems. Please share your good and worst practices by reacting to this blog.
Do you recognize the continuous balancing of urgent vs. important matters? I am often confronted with urgent matters that need to be resolved quickly such as an escalation within a project, deadlines and engaging in interactions through meetings, e-mails, phone calls and a dozen other channels. On the other hand, I am also often confronted with important matters that are not urgent such as developing my professional skills and working on relationships. Sound familiar? I bet it does. It is perfectly normal to prioritize between urgent and important matters and everybody does it. Organizations face many similar challenges of which one is ambidexterity.
If we look at current IT-trends it is clear that everybody has heard of Big Data. Although there are some known successes (for example US retailer Target which through its extensive data could predict pregnancy faster than the person involved) many companies spend millions (or even billions) of dollars hoarding big data, without using it properly. Read more
Our ongoing series of blogs about Agile methods offers an in-depth discussion of the method and its impact on an organization. In this blog, we focus on collaboration in agile teams.
Most people think of Scrum when they talk about collaboration within Agile. Scrum has definitely been a major contributing factor that has led to more effective collaboration. Note that we refer to it as just a contributing factor; Scrum has a strong emphasis on the pragmatic aspects, and less on human factors. In this blog, we aim to highlight the connection between both factors within Agile. Read more
Enterprise Portfolio Management (EPM) is the discipline that supports this allocation of investments to various asset categories of the organization, such as capabilities, applications, or infrastructure. EPM helps to create a healthy set of projects and programs that realize strategic goals.
Enterprise Portfolio Management (EPM) is the discipline that supports the allocation of investments to various asset categories of the organization, such as capabilities, applications, or infrastructure, EPM helps to create a healthy set projects and programs that realizes strategic goals. Read more
Capital allocation, i.e., deciding on investments, is probably the most important responsibility of the top management of any organization. This is no easy matter. Warren Buffett, chairman and CEO of Berkshire Hathaway and probably the most successful investor of the 20th century, described this in his 1987 letter to shareholders: Read more
Imagine you are asked to define business requirements and constraints for a set of business rules as part of the design of a solution. What approach would you use?
Strategy execution remains a challenging task for many organizations. The ‘Digital Enterprise’ requires major business transformations, delivered at speed. Most organizations are in a constant state of change. The ‘unfreeze-change-freeze’ model, reasoning from the current to a desired future state, no longer applies; the current state is always in flux and the future state is a moving target. Read more
As outlined in another blog, architecture-based enterprise portfolio management plays a crucial role in an integrated business transformation approach. Portfolio management is responsible for allocating investments to various asset categories and for creating a healthy project and program portfolio mix that realizes the organizational goals. There should be a balance in, for example, the types of projects (development, research, etc.) and long-term and short-term projects.
Most enterprise architects believe that Enterprise Architecture is a relevant discipline for members of the board. However, CxO’s often aren’t really of the same opinion. We believe that is because they do not usually experience the true value of architecture. What can an architect do to improve this? Below we present seven useful tips.
The other day, while I was musing about the reasons why many large organizations see many of their IT initiatives fail or underachieve, I came up with a rather simple conclusion: ‘project thinking’ is the root cause of these disappointments. Let me explain. Read more
“Many stakeholders consider their organization as unique.” Depending on the level of abstraction you take as viewpoint, you can argue this statement is either right or wrong. It is interesting from an enterprise architecture perspective to understand why stakeholders stress this uniqueness and what are the benefits of understanding where the organization really is different from others. Read more
Imagine you wake up one day and suddenly there is a completely new technology available that outperforms your product or service in every way, and you didn’t see it coming. Sounds scary, right? Well, this is a reality for many companies. Take for example, navigation devices for your car. Garmin and TomTom were the major players dominating this market for several years, selling their products for hundreds of dollars each. However, that was before Google introduced Google Maps for mobile devices. As a result, Garmin’s and TomTom’s market values dropped dramatically, 85% in only 18 months.
The hype on cloud computing makes expectations rise. What’s the role of the IT department in general? And the role of an architect in particular? Recently there was a very successful seminar on Enterprise Architecture in Healthcare at BiZZdesign’s Dutch Amersfoort office. We discussed this topic with attendees and the conclusion are presented in this blog post.
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.