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The Right Operating Model Supports Intelligent Growth

Posted by admin on December 14, 2010 under Enterprise Architecture, Operational Performance | Be the First to Comment

Understanding the operating model in place in your organization is an important component of determining and executing your overall business strategy. After all, if you don’t understand your model, how can you possibly understand how to grow the business?

The level of business process integration and standardization in your organization significantly impacts the growth strategies applicable to your organization. For example, if you have high level of process standardization (processes defined and executed the same way across the entire organization) and high levels of process integration (linking of shared information throughout the organization), you are an example of a Unification operating model.

The growth strategies you choose for your business must take into account the level of standardization and integration, as well as the impact of growth on these processes and business systems. Without considering these factors, you could be in for some significant challenges in executing your strategy.

For further information, see my article “Strategic Growth Through the Right Operating Model

The Right Use of Enterprise Architecture

Posted by admin on May 7, 2010 under Enterprise Architecture, Process Improvement | Be the First to Comment

A couple of weeks ago, I posted a comment (http://ow.ly/1Ifgm) on an article published by McKinsey about a failed Enterprise Architecture (EA) initiative. I wanted to follow up on this topic because of EAs increasing popularity and importance in organizations.

What is EA? Quite simply, it is a holistic view of the components of an organization, and their relationships to one another. This, of course, implies alignment and connectivity throughout the organization which is one of the reasons EA is becoming so popular. Documenting an organizations enterprise architecture highlights any disconnects in an organization. Further, the potential impacts of strategic decisions are readily apparent when viewed in the context of the organizations architecture.

While EA is a powerful and useful tool, organizations must enter into EA initiatives with “eyes wide open”. If you have ever tried documenting a current business process, you can appreciate the complexity of documenting a high level architecture across an entire organization. This exercise is not for the faint of heart! However, the insight it provides is well worth pursuing. With a few “ground rules”, an organization can be successful in implementing EA.

I have just released an article commenting on on the McKinsey case study, and a few success factors in undertaking an EA initiative. I’d be interested in your perspective on this subject.

Can Enterprise Architecture be IT Led?

Posted by admin on April 19, 2010 under Enterprise Architecture | Be the First to Comment

McKinsey recently released a new whitepaper on why business needs should drive IT architecture (http://ow.ly/1yUHu). It seems to me we, in the industry, have been talking about this subject for a long time. Why is there even still a need for any discussion?

This article is chock full of tips for the CIO trying to implement EA - it even contains a checklist to “revolutionize architecture management”. I question, however, whether EA efforts can and should be initiated by the IT organization. Do we understand enough about what EA should be accomplishing to be the driver for these types of initiatives?

I’ll share my thoughts in my May article so check back here on May 7, or subscribe here so you don’t miss it. In the meantime, let me know your thoughts…

Measuring Business Value of IT Projects

Posted by admin on March 25, 2009 under Governance, Technology | Be the First to Comment

I had an interesting discussion the other day with the former CIO of a major consumer goods manufacturer. We were discussing why we still, after 30 years of talking about it, have such a gap between business and IT.

Part of the problem is that the metrics we use to measure project success in the IT department are not related directly enough to the actual impact on the business. Most of the metrics used to evaluate IT project delivery performance are some form of:

1) did we deliver on schedule
2) did we deliver against the requirements
3) did we deliver on budget?

While these are important project execution metrics, from a business perspective, measuring on these items does not necessarily mean we were successful in delivering “business value”. Witness the number of implementations where the end users complain that the system does not perform as desired/needed.

For IT organizations to deliver truly valuable business solutions, it is critical to understand how the system implementation will:

1) impact top line growth
2) bottom line growth
3) increase liquidity

This responsibility rests not only with the business team, but also the IT team members. Each member of the project team must be able to articulate how they will be directly impacting one of the items listed above. Without that ability, there really is no project.

The challenge then becomes identifying the actual metrics used to measure, post-implementation, the impact of the system. Due to the number of variables that impact the financial performance of a company, it is difficult to attribute the changes to the system implementation. What metrics have you used to measure system implementation impact against business goals?