Is your business well structured?
A critical part of any company’s successful strategic planning is the creation of an Enterprise Business Architecture (EBA). Strategic research and analysis firms have recognized the importance of an integrated enterprise architecture and they have frequently reported on its increasing value to successful companies. Enterprise Business Architecture is the formal link between strategy and results. We deploy a selection of tailored approaches that lead to the development of a formal but pragmatic Enterprise Business Architecture.
Advantages of Enterprise Business Architecture
The advantages that result from a good enterprise business architecture bring important business benefits, which are clearly visible in the bottom line of a company or organization:
- A more efficient business operation:
- Lower business operation costs
- More agile organization
- Business capabilities shared across the organization
- Lower change management costs
- More flexible workforce
- Improved business productivity
- A more efficient IT operation:
- Lower software development, support, and maintenance costs
- Increased portability of applications
- Improved interoperability and easier system and network management
- Improved ability to address critical enterprise-wide issues like security
- Easier upgrade and exchange of system components
- Better return on existing investment, reduced risk for future investment:
- Reduced complexity in the business and IT
- Maximum return on investment in existing business and IT infrastructure
- The flexibility to make, buy, or out-source business and IT solutions
- Reduced risk overall in new investments and their cost of ownership
- Faster, simpler, and cheaper procurement:
- Buying decisions are simpler, because the information governing procurement is readily available in a coherent plan
- The procurement process is faster – maximizing procurement speed and flexibility without sacrificing architectural coherence
- The ability to procure heterogeneous, multi-vendor open systems
- The ability to secure more economic capabilities
Our Enterprise Business Architecture approaches all involve these five phases:
- Designing business models to support strategy
- Using tools such as capability based planning and business anchor models to develop a business architecture
- Analysing business models and provide insight for stakeholders
- Planning for transition
- Deploying and managing business analysts and business architects on the transition project and later to assess the success of the outcomes
We are experienced in the use of The Open Group Architecture Framework (TOGAF) to version 9.1. AS the name suggests TOGAF is a framework, a detailed method and a set of supporting tools, for developing an enterprise architecture.
The structure of the TOGAF documentation reflects the structure and content of an Architecture Capability within an enterprise, as shown in this diagram:
TOGAF is one of a number of industry standard methodologies that we use.
If you would like to talk to us about how our Enterprise Business Architecture services could reduce your costs, improve your profits or provide a better service for your customers then call us on 01386 421747 for a discussion or fill in our convenient contact form.