Guidance in Delivering Value through Architecture

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The role of data architects is sometimes vaguely defined and tends to fall on the shoulders of senior business analysts, data scientists, or database and ETL specialists. As with any kind of architecture, designing for uncertainty is a key requirement with data architecture.
While the goals of the traditional view of EA are still very valid today, this is not where the scope of EA should stop. If the EA organization wants to become a strategic partner with the business, the EA value measurement program must demonstrate that the EA team understands the key strategic metrics that the business values and can positively impact these key strategic metrics.
In a recent webinar, Cutter Consortium Senior Consultant Whynde Kuehn discussed how organizations can leverage business architecture to support the UN’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). This Advisor shares the Q&A session that followed.
While it is impossible to predict the future, the ability to adapt to what we already know is most likely to prompt a solution’s future pivot can make the difference between an elegantly evolving architecture and one that must be thrown away. In our experience, the patterns and techniques discussed in this Advisor are useful for keeping our digital and data architectures open to changes.
In this on-demand webinar, Cutter Consortium Senior Consultant Whynde Kuehn discusses how organizations can leverage business architecture to support the UN’s SDGs. You will learn how to determine which SDGs are relevant to your organization, thereby aligning motivation with action, and how to set internal objectives and metrics to help your organization achieve its desired level of contribution. Furthermore, you will explore how to leverage business architecture across organizational boundaries to facilitate collaboration on SDG achievement.
Instead of trying random “Agile” or “traditional” planning approaches prescribed by famous industry gurus and institutions, organizations should consciously find their “sweet spots” along the various dimensions of agility. This path will save dollars.
This Executive Report is an update to a 2015 edition that introduced a process for deriving enterprise architecture (EA) value metrics that align with the value drivers particular to an organization — those important to both the core business capabilities of the organization as well as its key stakeholders. It contains refinements to the process as well as additional information and perspectives from the field regarding the strategic use of value metrics that will, over time, allow the EA organization to be viewed as a strategic resource/partner and eventually earn a seat at the strategic planning table.
This Executive Summary accompanies an update to a 2015 Executive Report that introduced a process for deriving enterprise architecture (EA) value metrics that align with the value drivers particular to an organization — those important to both the core business capabilities of the organization as well as its key stakeholders. It contains refinements to the process as well as additional information and perspectives from the field regarding the strategic use of value metrics that will, over time, allow the EA organization to be viewed as a strategic resource/partner and eventually earn a seat at the strategic planning table.