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Thomas Gossler writes about how a digital ecosystem platform demands a solid architecture for data and infrastructure on top of which a network of stakeholders can engage in valuable interactions with each other. The journey from a pipeline business model to an ecosystem platform is no small feat, and the author shares the approach he and his colleagues at Siemens Healthineers took and the lessons learned in their seven-year digital transformation
The authors take a two-part approach to discussing the design of adaptive digital and data architectures. First, they propose a way to design solutions that actively identify and address key uncertainties and concerns so that the right kinds of EA artifacts will emerge to answer key questions about user desirability, technical feasibility, and financial viability for the right people. Second, they share patterns and techniques that can be used to design and build digital and data architectures with a high level of flexibility and adaptability that can better support the changes in priorities that successful digital transformation efforts need to be able to steer.
Any digital transformation requires significant changes across many dimensions, ranging from operating models to funding models to platform architecture, among others. In this article, Eric Willeke argues that keeping these changes aligned can be one of the hardest elements of digital transformation, especially when organizations try to sidestep the challenge of evolving their current technology organization to the required level of capability by creating a new, “digital” organization instead. Such attempts fail to address three problem areas that can trip up any digital transformation effort: fragmented value streams, poor decision governance, and inadequate management of the business capability portfolio.
In this issue of Cutter Business Technology Journal, we explore how enabling successful digital transformations through data and digital architectures can facilitate the enablement of the value streams and customer journeys companies build to stay in touch with changing client expectations and user experiences, all while building out the organization’s digital backbone.
My previous Advisors referred to the use of business capability modeling and heat maps to better focus on business areas that require attention for an IT rationalization. In this Advisor, I expand on the use of reference models, what they are, and why to consider them.
It takes a lot more than rugged and hardened data architecture to ensure data quality. One way of thinking about data quality issues as they relate to data architecture is to examine and address them through a layered approach described in this Advisor.
The United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) is a bold global agenda helping the world move beyond traditional indicators such as GDP growth and per capita income to a broader set of objectives that include well-being, environmental sustainability, and social fairness. In this Executive Update, we describe the individual and organizational benefits of contributing to the SDGs as well as how organizations can leverage business architecture to achieve these goals.
In nature, apparently robust systems can be disrupted by a single new invasive species, while other systems can retain their resilience despite a sustained assault. The behavior of such sys­tems can be explained by the interdisciplinary theory of complex adaptive systems (CAS). This Advisor describes how we can use CAS theory to support organizational change.