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.
Leveraging visuals is particularly important for a business architecture practice. Visuals matter, and for a business architecture practice to be effective, it must connect with people on a human level and in ways that build true understanding. Graphic recording is the visual live capture of content for an event or meeting, which acts as a visual record of the session. With this technique, there is little to no interaction between the graphic recorder and the speaker and participants. Graphic facilitation also includes visual live capture of the content for an event or meeting, but the graphic facilitator serves as a guide throughout the entire meeting process. These visual techniques bring people together to co-create around a specific topic, challenge, or opportunity. They allow people to “see” their thinking and shape concepts together.
In this Advisor, I have chosen the simple word “change” as a starting point for thinking about architectural change, rather than many of the others in rampant use — words such as “transformation,” “permutation,” “enhancement,” and so on. This choice seems appropriate because “change” is an abstract, neutral, and descriptive word without the deeper connotations that might impede the nuancing of this notion into something of a practical, if rudimentary, taxonomy that will help us grapple better with the different kinds of changes that we are compelled to deal with.
Software architecture requires balance. During the 20 years I’ve been leading technology organizations to build products, mostly via Agile, I’ve learned some rules that have helped me — and my teams — successfully strike the right balance. These aren’t technically focused rules; they’re more generic, so they apply to monolithic, layered, service-oriented, and microservice architectures equally well. One of these rules is the subject of this Advisor.
Continuous dissent is necessary and extremely valuable — but also incredibly tough for the architect to participate in. This Executive Update seeks to find a balance that allows architects to engage in dissent while preserving their careers — and their sanity.
During this two-day workshop at your organization, Cutter Senior Consultant Mike Rosen will explore the requirements for the new digital economy and describe the new “Digital Business Platform” necessary to meet those requirements and sustain success. He'll lay out the overall architecture needed to create that platform and go into detail about the new business, information, application, technology, performance, and security architectures that comprise it. A detailed case study is woven throughout the workshop to illustrate the platform, architectural tradeoffs, and a wide variety of work products across all domains.
Smart automation is most effective when humans and machines work together to deliver desired outcomes. Effective design for automation is not only about how much can be automated but should also consider how automation works together with humans to deliver value. Several fallacies observed in smart automation initiatives across industries can lead to failed initiatives that never see the light of day or that never deliver the promised outcomes. One fallacy that has led to such failures is the belief that all human activities can be automated.
During this on-demand webinar with Mike Rosen, you'll discover why your organization should use a business architecture and value delivery–based approach to digital strategy. And you'll learn why provisioning the platform based on next-generation application, information, security, and technology architectures is critical.
This Advisor provides an overview of the importance of using visual techniques as part of a business architecture practice and highlights the use of visual design.