Enterprise architecture

What is enterprise architecture?

Just like looking at an architect’s house plans before building, enterprise architecture (EA) lets you look at your organizations capabilities, structure, and functions, zoomed out for strategic overview, zoomed in to as much detail as there is, or as much as you want there to be.

What does this mean for you?

EA can be a powerful analytical tool before embarking on any major organizational changes, restructuring, transformations, or mergers and acquisitions.

Using EA methods permits you to visualize and document how your organisation’s unique capabilities, processes, people, and systems are aligned with your goals and targets.  Modelling your organisation this way allows you to develop sophisticated change scenarios while ensuring all the pieces, new and pre-existing, will fit together effectively.

What can I do for you?

The most common starting point is identifying what your real strengths are (forgive me, but you won’t always know), and then looking at how they are best applied to meet your ambitions and goals.

Apart from business analysis and project management skills, I use parts of the guidelines offered by The Open Group Architecture Framework (TOGAF).

Specifically, I like to adapt the visual mark-up language, Archimate, to represent ‘as-is’ and ‘to-be’ hierarchies of goals, capabilities, ways to fulfill the necessary processes, and all the detail necessary to design new ways of doing things, including any new systems that might be necessary.

A snapshot of an architecture showing interactions between people and processes. A next step might be to expand on each process step above with a detailed BPMN diagram.

Enterprise Architecture can reveal as little or as much of the detail you need to analyse and act on your strengths and strategic goals. If you’d like to talk about taking advantage of enterprise architecture to address your organizational challenges, opportunities, or problems, email me.