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Do you dare _not_ to invest in new EA?

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A key focus for next genration EA (Enterprise Architecture) is to focus on transparency, portfolio planning and collaboration in the cloud. Previous generations of EA focused on either drawing capabilities or solution architecture with lots of modelling in “thick clients”. The new generation of EA has a business audience, people within your organisation that needs a management platform as an intuitive web-portal, cloud-enabled, managing an eco-system of data-sources and much interaction with your colleagues. This is what helps you to create success with your IT strategy, business processes and portfolio management!

A next generation EA with proper advice and implementation will drive-up maturity of governance and process optimisation of your company. It offers collaboration to build a unified view of the business; it is a living architecture with portfolio updates so that data is fresh and updated; it is managed by people in your organisation. This is a giant leap to get factual insights to make better decisions.

Next Insight® is our digital cloud-offering of a market-leading next generation management solution to master strategy execution and Enterprise Architecture (EA). Connectivity is key! You get the digital automation that offers adaptors to e.g. ServiceNow CMDB, ARIS, MEGA toolsets. This enables a user-friendly full-stack transparency between technology and business, between planning and operations, between architecture and sourcing.

This helps companies to make scenarios and strategic planning to do value forecasting. It allows us to interview and assess your stakeholders and business executives to interpret what the strategy formulation means in terms of business priorities and execution – shared and communicated to the organisation – updated and enriched back to the stake holders.

With our approach you will learn how to create rapid results to align processes and data to build up information layers and a digital model of your business that supports learning and performance monitoring.  we offer you overview, analysis and management perspectives on portfolios such as

-Your business processes

-Your compliance, risk, GDPR

-Your applications and systems

-Your products and services

-Your technologies (servers etc.) with ServiceNow Adaptor

-Your investments (projects, demands, etc.)

-Your governance (decision boards, members, etc.)

Next Insight® is the market leading cloud offering with an agile thinking behind. We are in the business of digitalisation and digital transformation – offering the obvious choice to any large organisation that needs to succeed with strategy execution and transformation.

The true value of such a management system is the ability to manage large amount of data, using rapid results and prebuild adaptors to AD, Finance, ServiceNow CMDB etc. This approach offers you a digital model, by Gartner referred to as the digital twin of how the organisation behaves compared to real data.

Our next-generation platform offers you the planning option to compare model data and real-world data. As build on proven and leading technologies and methodology, some refer to this as enterprise intelligence – something that is more interactive and cloud-enabled than classical approaches, and something that helps you to get processes and master data in control.

If you have questions or queries to get started, please call for advice.
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Living architecture – MDM made alive!

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We see an emerging interest to manage the information management and meta-data of large organisations, simply to improve the common understanding of what is what, and who can do what with what information. The value of such an overview will inevitably be that organisations become better to align processes on more structured data earning corporate agility. It also helps the strategy to execution as the long-term planning becomes tighter aligned to the current way of doing stuff. It is easy to scratch a target picture on a white-board and call it “strategy”, but to make it actionable is a different exercise where people need to understand what ties into what, and who should be changing what stuff.

To pass that bridge, or to close that gap, the architecture information needs to be alive, connecting the moving parts of the enterprise (operations) also with some of the more static information, that hardly change year-on-year. This is what we refer to as a living architecture, or simply enterprise information management, which at heart is what can make master data management an alive discipline (MDM).

What is the alternative to this?

“Imagine you worked within architecture producing piles of documents – documents which are structured in a document container (if we are lucky), poorly connected (meaning they are typically not, each document is an entity of its own) and where the likelihood of people to read it declines for every month it has situated in the document container. If it is really bad, the manager with the longest seniority and largest inbox has the power to retrieve email attachments to share his or her view on the (‘dead’) architecture. It happens a lot of places. Managers leave, projects complete, and with this the architecture silently dies”. — dead architecture

So how to make the architecture alive?

“Think of the contents as information and try to re-use that information across your strategies, services and improvements form a pattern of what ties into what – a pattern of a ‘living architecture’ where SharePoint, PowerPoints,  email etc. do not provide the full picture, but where the elements and records from this documentation, is tightly interconnected, and that PowerPoints and Word-documents may be produced for reading and reporting purposes, but not as the source of data. This creates a bigger picture that is continuously updated. This is the place where model-driven documents (MDD) goes in hand with master-data-management (MDM) techniques”. — new architecture

 

What is a living architecture?
A Living Architecture is not dead – it is something that still breathes, as opposed to static and dead architectures that once they were built, they never received more updates. Typically, this is what happens to project architectures and other process optimization projects where piles of academic thoughts are left in documents – isolated, left alone, or maybe as properties in a legacy repository.

 

Why do we need a living architecture?
Because pace of change is increasing, and management calls for better ways to get insight to data and relationships, such as which product is the most important one? Which services should we plan to use coming years? Where are the candidates for take-out? Such analysis should not be project deliverables, but be part of an ongoing process where data may be connected and viewed in new ways to support few-clicks to better fact-based decision support. By revitalize the architectural information you can move the data governance to be automated and part of the strategic analytics agenda.

 

Is the strategic agenda related to architecture?
Many people have different perspectives to what-is-what and what-connects-to-what. The only way to get the larger organisation to view this in the same way is to share actively the interpretations and definitions to iteratively get consensus to what an enterprise mean by this or that. This is not something that is thought-up in the architecture office as an ivory-tower exercise. Only by federating data and expressions you will get to the collaboration of the enterprise to view things in the same way, then to realize that many of the ‘things’ mean different to different stakeholders. A living architecture serves the need to embrace it all, connect it all, and structure the information with updates and relationships to make it relevant for as many people in the business as possible. Enterprise Architecture is the practice to master this across the entire business – so whoever gets a question like ‘what projects do we have’ or ‘what services do we offer’ or ‘what investments do we plan next year’ can provide updated and meaningful answers – irrespectively of who he or she is. If you relate this to services, the SOA expert and the infrastructure guys will likely get different views and perspectives – but it will relate to much of the same information. As people come and go, processes change with new mergers and acquisitions, innovations in the pace that business is buying new stuff, there are things that need to be updated and live after the projects are closed, this is the living architectural information that must be managed to provide a common platform for living artefacts. We also see an increasing interest to relate this to external vendors and external services, simply to provide a connected picture of what offerings the company with partners is able to provide, see also how to enable SIAM.

 

Does this mean there is only one truth?
It means that information should be mastered where they are master best – and the Enterprise Architecture should be able to connect and structure information online so that there always is the overall system for providing the connected insight. Will there be stored information only once, typically yes, however, the perspectives and views might be different, so that the answer may look different for different uses/use-cases. If you work with infrastructure, your interest in services might be a different perspective, then if you are developer working with SOA services, and yet again different from the business analyst’s that is planning the services in the market for next season.  A living architecture is about the perspectives are different – so that different people will see different things – from whatever they find interesting! It’s not about making many large documents with ‘dead’ artefacts or huge process diagrams only the designer can understand!

A living architecture is about connecting the many types of data that are continuously changing at different frequencies in an organization and relate to each other. A good architecture description exhibit and collaborate with all stakeholders so that they can all see their perspective. A living architecture is the vibrant mean to succeed in the digital transformation. It provides the living links between the data. It may be useful for projects, but it may also be a subset to carry-on after projects are completed. The living architecture creates insight by building bridges between concepts and the many data in the real-world. And does it relate to governance? It certainly does, as we need to know who updates what from where. This is why a living architecture often is related to the digital governance offered by the MooD solutions.

There are plenty of frameworks that supports this. Open Group includes e.g.  IT4IT working with value stream, and descriptions of how to enable the business with plan, build, run and subscriptions.

If you like architecture – and enterprise architecture in particular, then make sure you deliver to people in the business constantly updated views of the estate. Make sure you embrace the terms and definitions to make it relevant and urgent for the users. Don’t waste your energy of detailed process diagramming that no managers will understand, but let it supplement where needed and focus on master the living updates of information that enables a live digital platform – and a prerequisite for creating successful transformation.

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