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 Business & Enterprise Architecture team delivers continuous insights based on their hands-on experience assisting organizations worldwide.
Data architecture as currently practiced is beset with a range of problems, many of which are described in a recent issue of Cutter Business Technology Journal — as are some solutions to some of the problems. However, I contend that we need to return to basics in decision making and ask how decisions are actually made by people and in organizations.
With all that is new and changing before our eyes, we asked the Cutter Consortium team of experts to weigh in on the technologies, strategies, and business models that will have the most relevance this year and beyond.
In the webinar, “Envisioning the Organization of the Future: The Cognitive Enterprise,” Cutter Consortium Fellow William Ulrich described the formalisms that underpin the cognitive enterprise vision, the benefits to be accrued under that vision, and the steps your organization can take to begin its journey toward a cognitive enterprise vision while achieving incremental value at each step along the way. This Advisor shares with you some of the questions Bill fielded at the end of the webinar and his responses.
According to Cutter Consortium Senior Consultant Whynde Kuehn, “Amid a backdrop of digital transformation and a continually shifting landscape of change, business architecture is gaining momentum and relevance.” In her article, she discusses the areas in which business architecture will continue to play a key role and illustrates how three specific scenarios will lead the way to increased relevance and leadership. Kuehn lays out what this might mean to you, along with the steps you need to take to realize these benefits.
Digital architecture involves internal stakeholders shifting paradigms from thinking of solutions from within to fully incorporating external stakeholders (customers) in the solution design process. Different organizations leverage various approaches to achieve this paradigm shift, but one of the main drivers of digital architecture is customer centricity. This Advisor highlights this driver as well as some of the other most critical ones.
Virtually every organization in a developed part of the world critically depends on IT for running its business processes. Having a dedicated enterprise architecture function responsible for planning all organizational changes involving IT has thus became a necessity for most companies, with the exception of the smallest ones. But how should organizations design their architecture functions? How many architects do organizations need, and what specific positions should they occupy?
Mike Rosen’s webinar “Architecture for Digital Business” explored how to support your business transformation by taking an architectural approach to strategy. Here are four questions we asked Mike at the end of the webinar that you may also be considering.
Here in Part XI, we discuss how completion time estimates are determined and the biases that affect those estimates.