The ascent of digital business has been staggering. It’s not only changed the landscape on which businesses typically operate, it’s also fundamentally changed the way customers both perceive and interact with the business. Weekends and national holiday’s no longer mean shorter business hours, as the consumer is ready, able and willing to reach out to a business at any time.
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Enterprise Architecture has evolved to be much closer to the heart of an organization, directly liaising and advising the CIO with regards to digital business and transformation.
Good strategy requires a healthy understanding of the end goal before the methods to reach it are hashed out, and much of this understanding lends itself to “Strategic Planning.” Enterprise Architecture is a strategic planning process that translates an enterprise’s business vision and strategy into effective enterprise change.
When introducing business capabilities, it is very helpful to communicate to the business and top management what value it brings, along with basic examples from your organization.
We’ve come a long way from Enterprise Architecture’s (EA) beginnings. The Enterprise Architecture domain has grown rapidly, serving to deliver strategic guidance on IT activities and planning.
Several core components of EA are by now, widely used in IT. Components such as revealing the relation between layers of applications and technology, or between processes, functions and applications, as well as data management.
In recent years, there has been increasing interest to involve top management and the lines of business, in EA. This is where business capabilities come in.
Sometimes, perception is reality. Consider your Enterprise Architecture (EA) team – respected for their technical savvy, the EA team makes sure IT systems run smoothly so the business can rapidly implement new strategies.
EA teams play a critical role in achieving alignment between technology and the business. Yet, too often, there is an awareness gap that keeps the EA team from their full potential.
According to a recent IDG survey, EA teams evaluate emerging trends from a technology standpoint, not a business perspective. The good news is four out of five IT decision-makers believe their EA team is completely capable of delivering valuable technical subject matter expertise and strategic thinking.
Enter bimodal IT. The technology equivalent of having your cake and eating it too. Bimodal IT is a Gartner-coined term and IT practice that fundamentally acknowledges the separation between traditional IT initiatives that are focussed on reliability and “keeping the lights on”, and new IT initiatives that are focussed on innovation, growth and responding to transient new opportunities.