Modern EA’s Value Propositions

Wednesday, September 21, 2011 | comments

 In last blog, we pointed out some 20th century EA’s crucial problems such as: lack of clear definition, lack of prioritization and lower level of maturity; ivory tower approach, fragmentation, and over complexity.

After being through variety of valuable forums and case study, we conclude EA need be revitalized to reflect the new identity and become the competitive asset at digital era in 21st century, to deliver the true values, embrace the latest digital technology trends such as social/mobile/cloud, and lead business into more radical digital transformation.

The modern EA could deliver following value propostions and beyond:

1.     Strategy Communication Tool
Strategy Architecture blueprint the vision, mission, the goal, identify the enterprise capabilities and unique value chain, EA need be more dynamic to define both the long term vision and short term change facing in organization.

More importantly EA need cultivate the loyal internal users such as CXO, to use EA as a true communication tools, either for an elevator speech or the board level presentation.

2.     Orchestrate the Change Management
Social enterprise is the new theme at digital era: Modern enterprise may take hybrid approach, to integrate traditional centralized pyramid shape structure and decentralized lattice style through enterprise social platform, focus on communication, open leadership, and innovation. An effective EA effort will help:

·        Identify the talent needed in order to achieve its strategic objectives, also the talent need be developed and maintained on an ongoing basis.

·        Become part of organization’s operating model, assess organizational awareness and competencies periodically, to facilitate knowledge sharing, to drive change management and cultural influence.

3.     Compass to Transformation
The subset of EA, such as IT Architecture should become the framework for CIO to build up the IT roadmap, focus on business transformation, to digitize and simplify end-to-end process, not IT details, keep simple and standardized, but also recognize the technology trend and well-describe how IT and the latest technology could drive business value: not only think about today, but also selectively forget yesterday, and forward-looking tomorrow.
·        Rapid, effective and positive response to business change
·        Orchestrate process and knowledge management for better future-state planning
·        Democratize and unify business and technology decision-make scenario

4.     Connect Optimization Point from Project to Organization
EA still should play the bridge role between business and technology, the goal is to share the knowledge and recognize the optimization point, and expand the process optimization from project to organization base:
·        Improve business agility via consolidation, rationalization, modernization, reusability, simplification, and optimization
·        Drive value and cost-efficiency via current platform and optimized process
·        Increase economies of scale through standards.

5.    Business Governance
As we indefatigably debated, for those industry leaders or laggards, is EA the cause or effect, part of problems or solutions?

EA is a planning, governance, and innovation function that enables organization to progress toward its vision of future states, governance should play critical role in EA, however,  for majority of organization, EA governance is just too theoretic and intangible to make it a reality, in more detail, EA governance will:

·        Define and Manage Architecture Risks & Risk Control
·        Decision Making Governance
·        Works with a program and project Governance context to  ensure realization of EA Vision and Enterprise Solution
·        Review and Audit Solutions

6.     EA Benchmarking
From ROI perspective, EA benchmarking could have immediate impact by setting up the performance report card and track EA best practice:
·      Set up an EA performance measurement program to link to overall performance management
·        Track EA Program Maturity and Perceptions
·        EA Best Practice ROI: such as, EA team can provide the business with cost comparisons of different project approaches
·        Forecast the impact of cost avoidance

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