11 December, 2006

Innovation has to be the result of an Enterprise Architecture program

One of the steps of an Enterprise Architecture program is to look at Business Architecture. The Enterprise Architect or the Business Architect (sometimes a Business Analyst) starts to describe the current Baseline Architecture. This is usually done through MS Visio types of diagrams or with either the use of an Enterprise Architecture or a Business Process Analysis tool. The Business Architecture defines the organization value chains and how all its business processes fit together, are managed, monitored, measured, etc.

Then that team starts to develop a target Business Architecture describing the product and/or service strategy, and the organizational, functional, process, event, information, and geographic aspects of the business environment.

There must be then an analysis related to the gaps between the Baseline and the Target Business Architecture. As with the Baseline artifacts, the Target architecture information should be captured in with a phased approach with the organization Enterprise Architecture stakeholders and senior management. Once populated, the variance between the existing baseline, view and the transitional and future, target, views is used to identify the performance gaps in the Enterprise Architecture. The Performance Gap (also know as the transition strategy information to migrate the organization from its “As-Is” architecture to the organization “To-Be” architecture) information is then used to help identify what investments need to be supported for funding and implementation.

But during this Gap analysis phase, the Enterprise Architect plays a fundamental role in enabling business innovation, and facilitating the provision of a flexible and resilient infrastructure. His role will be to manage and incubate successful ideas through to implementation, as the Business is always looking at innovations in products, services, and business models to drive growth and profits.

A good Enterprise Architect also needs to be an innovator.

Innovation is critical, especially in today’s rapidly changing technology and business landscape. Having a n Enterprise Architecture that supports an IT Strategy and provides the flexibility to achieve the right balance between IT efficiency and business innovation is a keystone to business adaptability and growth.


Lennart said...

This is quite a good blog with really good content ! I hope you will keep it up next year as well.

Unknown said...

There’s a great webcast available that talks about how dynamic infrastructure can help you respond to today’s business demands. It focuses on three key topics: service management, systems for a smarter planet and information infrastructure.

URL: http://tinyurl.com/diOct20webcast

Looks like the webcast is scheduled for October 20.