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Guidance in Delivering Value through Architecture

You can create and deploy business and enterprise architectures that improve organizational understanding, increase business opportunities, support agility, and deliver value. Cutter’s Architecture team delivers continuous insights based on their hands-on experience assisting organizations worldwide.

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Brian Cameron
Advisor

Straight from the Heart: IT Portfolio Governance

by Brian Cameron

Getting to the heart of IT portfolio governance is the strong connection between principles, processes, people, and performance.


Executive Update

Business Architecture’s Role in Crisis, Risk, and Compliance Management

by William Ulrich

Every business must deal with crisis, risk, and compliance challenges. Teams chartered with addressing these challenges are often split across business units and regions, which fragments crisis, risk, and compliance management efforts. Business unit silos and related complexities obscure ecosystem transparency, which in turn constrain an organization’s ability to identify risks, assure compliance, and prevent and disarm crises. Business architecture delivers business ecosystem transparency as a basis for improving a business’s ability to collectively address challenges related to crisis, risk, and compliance. 


Figure 1 — The current state of Big Grocers.
Advisor

Building a Strong Foundation for Digital Transformation

by Raj Ramesh

To transform your organization, you need to understand and model the current state, model the desired future state, and identify the work that will help your organization move toward that future.


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Executive Report

Climbing the Ladder: 5 Steps to Connect EA to Strategy

by Nick Malik

Many enterprise architecture (EA) teams struggle with creating a program that demonstrates the level of strategic value that they believe EA should have. This Executive Report provides five tangible, actionable steps to remove many of the most common roadblocks to growing the strategic nature of your EA program. I call this process “climbing the ladder.”


Nick Malik
Executive Summary

Climbing the Ladder: 5 Steps to Connect EA to Strategy (Executive Summary)

by Nick Malik

Many enterprise architecture (EA) teams struggle with creating a program that demonstrates the level of strategic value that they believe EA should have. Even after following all the advice in frameworks and online articles, chief architects and CIOs still struggle as EA programs fail to reach their potential as an influencer of strategy execution across the enterprise. There are five steps that your EA team must do to go from a tactical technical program to a strategic role.


Consulting

Strategy Execution Lifecycle Assessment and Recommendations

by Whynde Kuehn

This engagement will help your organization increase the effectiveness of its strategy execution life cycle, starting with strategy and objective formulation and translation, to business and IT initiative planning, through project execution. You'll discover fast and effective ways to turn business strategy into action, ensuring not only survival, but prosperity.


Balaji Prasad
Advisor

Through the Looking Glass of Architectural Innovation

by Balaji Prasad

Sometimes what we call innovation is only creating change. We may call it innovation, though, and we may not be able to contradict our own logic. The work of architecture is to delineate the trivial from the sublime, to enable us to see those aspects of a system that have a disproportionate impact on value. The work of architecture, first and foremost, is to help us “see” the architecture.


Borys Stokalski
Advisor

4 Principles for Success with OODA Performance

by Borys Stokalski, by Bogumil Kaminski

The ability to “observe, orient, decide, and act” (OODA) better than peers is the cornerstone of information superiority strategy that companies playing in the digital market strive to achieve. In this Advisor, we outline our view of principles, practices, and architecture patterns that can be employed to achieve information superiority through systematically improving OODA performance.