Many organizations with large legacy application landscapes can no longer postpone a major overhaul of their IT. But how do you avoid creating tomorrow’s legacy today all over again? And how do you spend your IT budget in the most sensible way? Next to appropriate design and development practices (e.g. enterprise architecture, agile and DevOps, as we addressed in our previous blog) you need to manage your application portfolio as a whole, to decide where it is most important to invest.
Governance, Risk & Compliance
In a recent article by McKinsey, they eloquently argued the importance of enterprise architecture for digital transformations. But they also provide some important criticism of the state of practice. To be really effective at supporting digital transformations, many enterprise architecture practices need to change their behavior.
On June 14, The Open Group launched the new version of the ArchiMate modeling language for enterprise architecture at the Enterprise Architecture Conference 2016 in London. This is a new step in the development of a standard that started in Netherlands, but in the meantime has received broad international acceptance.
Agility has become a key ability of enterprises. The pace at which customers require changes, at which new laws and regulations affect services and introduce processes, and the ease with which competitors can disrupt your business, as Google and Apple do nowadays, leads to tremendous pressure. Pressure to change rapidly, to adopt new technologies, to generate growth, to scale up or to reduce cost. Read more
In theory, an ArchiMate® model can be created using just pen and pen, or a whiteboard and markers. There are also software platforms that provide an ArchiMate modeling environment, which come with many automated capabilities and analysis functions.
However in this post, we will focus on an important element in maturing into an advanced, mission critical modeling capability: the model repository.
Two weeks ago, we wrote about the impact of multi-speed IT on the IT organization and enterprise architecture. Let us now talk about the different options for managing a multi-speed IT approach. Read more
Looking back to many discussions about Digital Strategy with different organizations, most of them have the challenge of going through a balancing act day by day. Firstly, a Digital Oriented Organization needs to accept that the roles and responsibilities of Business and IT will merge together, whilst both parties need to enable business and IT innovations towards digital business needs. Read more
There seems to be a lot of hype recently among CxO’s around ‘Going to the cloud’. Since its potential is so widely acknowledged and advertised and its opportunities seem endless, digitization of the organization is the New Normal. But what exactly does this digitization involve? And, more importantly, can we exploit all its potential? Read more
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.
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
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.
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
A major challenge facing business today is how to harness the creative abilities and business knowledge of its employees to gain strategic advantages over its competitors that in turn result in significant increases in profitable sales and or reduction in business costs.
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.
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:
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.