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Translating business capability maps into business impact

By |2016-12-15T08:53:36+00:00December 15th, 2016|Newsletter|

Creating a business capability map is just part of the challenge businesses and chief information offices face. Taking the information in the map and making it work and translate into real, tangible business impact can often present far more obstacles than the development of the map itself but without this crucial step the benefits of undertaking the task of creating a business capability map are generally lost. (more…)

Does Business Architecture Start With Value Chains?

By |2016-12-14T20:58:26+00:00December 14th, 2016|Newsletter|

Creating value chains can be integral part of decision-making thanks to their ability to illustrate how a firm is delivering a valuable product or service to market. A value chain can support other decision tools and benefit competitive strategies with the additional information they supply. (more…)

Making the Case for Developing a Mobile Strategy

By |2016-09-06T08:06:06+00:00September 6th, 2016|Newsletter|

Implementing a mobile strategy can bring huge benefits to a business when done right, helping corporations to improve revenue streams, functionality and streamline operations. There are many reasons why businesses decide to incorporate mobile into their activities and it’s inevitable that at some point enterprise architects will be faced with the challenge of implementing the new and disruptive technology.

Integrating mobile technology into a business means that employees and customers can always access information, potentially improving both sales and productivity. Other benefits to embracing the modern mobile movement include building brand recognition, greater sharing and utilising of information and sourcing future business opportunities. (more…)

Nick Malik speaking at BBC on ‘Building Demand for Strategy for Non-Strategy Organizations’

By |2016-10-20T09:43:56+00:00September 6th, 2016|Newsletter|

Heading up Vanguard EA as Founder and Principle Consultant is Nick Malik, with over a decade in enterprise architecture and more than thirty years in high tech, he has a wealth of experience and advice to offer. Ahead of giving a presentation at the Building Business Capabilities (BBC) conference in Las Vegas, Nick explains why his presentation ‘Building Demand for Strategy for Non-Strategy Organizations’ should be on your list of presentations to attend.

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Does Strategic Alignment Get In the Way of Mobile Information Distribution?

By |2016-09-06T08:06:33+00:00September 4th, 2016|Newsletter|

For enterprise architects, alignment to a strategy is often a core principle.  They are well known for building governance mechanisms that trace all programs back to a strategy.  But does that get in the way of self-organization?  The wave of corporate implementation of mobile strategies is once again raising the question: How closely should we adhere to the principle of strategic alignment? (more…)

Enterprise Architects should consider IT value streams

By |2016-08-07T01:06:10+00:00August 7th, 2016|Newsletter|

Businesses are increasingly looking for IT to be more efficient and to add significant value. In order to achieve this outcome enterprise architects need to consider the value streams in the organizations that add up to business value, according to one expert.

Rick Solis, the IT business architect at ExxonMobil, voiced his opinions during an Open Group conference in Austin in July. Solis has a wealth of knowledge in the area having focused on applications and technology strategy for the ‘business of IT’. His speech at the event looked at how ExxonMobil is leveraging IT4IT to grow their integrated strategic planning process. (more…)

Enterprise architecture needs to integrate technology not align

By |2016-08-07T01:35:24+00:00August 7th, 2016|Newsletter|

While many enterprise architecture teams are focussing on aligning technology with businesses, they should instead integrate the two to continuously deliver high performance, according to distinguished analyst Betsy Burton.

Burton, who has worked for over two decades at leading information technology research and advisory company Gartner, made the comments during the Gartner Enterprise Architecture Summit held in London in June. Burton is renowned within the enterprise architecture industry thanks to her research, including her involvement in ‘The Future of EA 2020’ project, which looks at integrating business and IT.

Burton spoke about the need to integrate business and technology instead of simply aligning technology to business.  This involves not just reading and reacting to business strategies and goals, but modifying those strategies based on technical knowledge.  Delegates were shown how to change traditional strategies to create attainable goals that meet expectations. (more…)

What You Need to Know About Archimate 3.0

By |2016-08-07T01:49:14+00:00July 24th, 2016|Newsletter|

On June 14th, 2016, as part of IRM Enterprise Architecture Europe Conference held in London, The Open Group revealed its new modeling standard, known as ArchiMate 3.0. The speaker, Marc Lankhorst, the managing consultant for BiZZdesign, was joined by The Open Group’s VP of Standards and Certification Andrew Josey, as they revealed the new modeling standard amidst a warm day in the United Kingdom’s capital city.

Charging headfirst into the point, Lankhorst made very clear that the primary focus of this reveal is the two new features introduced in ArchiMate 3.0 over its previous iteration: the new strategy layer, and a new layer representing the physical world itself. Lankhorst opened with adding the obligatory list of all the overall functions of ArchiMate, which provides a universal language with concepts to describe enterprise architects. He also describes that ArchiMate 3.0 will also have visualizations for stakeholders and that this is a standard operated by The Open Group itself. Lastly, an important and welcome addition to ArchiMate 3.0 is better compatibility with TOGAF, the framework standard also developed by The Open Group, in which, as of the time of this writing, is currently in its ninth iteration. (more…)

Current models of change are ‘outdated’, says expert

By |2016-08-07T01:51:42+00:00July 24th, 2016|Newsletter|

The current tried and tested methods of change are ‘outdated’ and need to be modernised and adapted to suit the current challenges businesses and organisations face, according to one expert.

Dr. Ashley Braganza, professor of organisational transformation at the Brunel Business School, made the comments during the IRM UK’s Enterprise Architecture Conference. The conference, which was held in London in June, featured world-class contributors and aimed to give delegates’ new approaches and innovative ideas as well as providing case studies.

During his keynote speech, Braganza argued that the traditional models for change – enterprise portfolio management (EPM), project portfolio management (PPM) and business process modelling (BPM) – were outdated.  The models of change need to change. (more…)