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.
Digital transformation leaders and enterprise architects have a choice to make in developing their digital backbone. The digital backbone can be an asset in ensuring that digital transformation efforts are carried out in such a way that they align to the enterprise and its approach to transformation. This Executive Update explores how it is essential to ensure that the methodologies, skills and talent, and technology tool chain and infrastructure are created in such a way that they can be easily consumed and adjusted as the company changes.
Digital transformation is a journey of creating and combining specific business capabilities so that they give organizations a competitive advantage in the digital excellence domains in a way that reflects their chosen mix of strategic options. This journey is shaped also by the availability of critical resources — data, analytical skills, technology proficiency. It is very often seriously affected by the state of business and IT architecture, the style of integration, and data quality. It seems wise to focus on domains of excellence where the resources are available or can be relatively easily developed or acquired.
In today’s global socioeconomic landscape, with its multitude of varied and disruptive technological innovations, business organizations are forced to quickly respond and evolve. Continuous business transformation is the new normal. Business executives are expected to make informed and leading decisions against a dynamic business transformation baseline. In such an environment, quantifying the business operation’s effectiveness is a challenge and becomes particularly important when many critical operational decisions demand hard evidence. This is where the doctrine of information superiority comes into play.
Broadly, there are two facets to the people architecture. One facet is the desire to imagine; to make things better, to exploit new ways and technologies, to renew and replace the old. The other is grounded in the reality of the things, the people, and the ways of doing that took years to get to where they are today, with all their intricacies and nuances: the rust. But it is in the space between the imagination and the rust that things either turn to dust or get forged into what they must.
Leaders peering over the edge of the horizon of their own and adjacent industries might wonder, “What are companies that have achieved digital success doing differently?” We believe that at the heart of the ability to manage an ongoing and multilayered organizational transformation rests a sophisticated enterprise architecture capability with a specific charter to act as a transformation engine connecting strategic intent and execution excellence.
CIOs and their teams are now tasked with enabling digital strategies, and many of the user stories target tangible benefits for customers and the organization.
The role of EA leaders in technology innovation is to scan the horizon of emerging technologies to determine how they are being applied and identify opportunities for the organization to innovate for competitive advantage. Once EA leaders have identified and analyzed those opportunities, businesses can formulate strategies for adoption.
There is a common set of questions burning in peoples’ minds when they think about the business architect role, whether they are new to the discipline or experienced but seeking to compare approaches. In this Advisor, we address these important questions based on practical experience and best practices employed by a wide range of industries, organizations, and geographies.