The foundation for any business capability is solid enterprise architecture. Enterprise Architecture is the master blueprint from which information technology can enable a dynamic business environment. It defines the vision, principles, standards and road map that guide the selection, deployment, operation, protection and refreshment of Technologies within an organization.
Within any information technology (IT) organization, enterprise architecture is therefore a key feature of efficient and effective IT operations. In addition, well-planned enterprise architecture integrates information technology with business capabilities to provide a cohesive operating environment thus assisting the business to drive high performance.
However, when operational and budget constraints result in incremental and disparate improvements to the architecture with no specific end vision in mind, the foundation cracks and organizations are unable to achieve the desired efficiency and effectiveness improvements. Technology operations risks steadily grow if appropriate investment is lacking. Only sustained, long-term commitment to enterprise architecture leads to a flexible, cost effective information technology environment.
The ADSI approach the key elements in helping to confirm a successful enterprise architecture implementation are organizational commitment, sponsorship and appropriate governance. Careful upfront planning is required to understand what enterprise architecture is and why it is important, and every enterprise architecture project needs a senior executive sponsor in order to succeed. The ADSI Enterprise Architecture Planning solution helps customers define how IT will enable the organization. The process is designed to facilitate collaboration and partnerships between IT and business stakeholders. Many organizations have undertaken enterprise architecture planning activities that have failed to deliver their potential long-term value. The success of ADSI's approach derives from our focus on plans that are value-driven and pragmatic, and which establish client ownership and infuse discipline into architecture governance.
The ADSI approach leverages industry tools and frameworks, client EA platforms and processes where they exist, and brings our own assets to bear to fill in the capability gaps. ADSI equips the IT organization with key architecture governance processes and tools. Effective architecture governance drives the adoption of enterprise architecture principles in all IT decisions at all levels of the IT organization. Our comprehensive methodology contains the detailed tasks and activities that we have developed from our experience on client engagements.
They are as follows:
1. Understanding the organization's direction and current environment.
The team analyzes what IT must do to help the organization achieve its goals by evaluating the organization's The foundation for any business capability is solid enterprise architecture. Enterprise architecture is the master blueprint from which information technology can enable a dynamic business environment. It defines the vision, principles, standards and road map that guide the selection, deployment, operation, protection and refreshment of technologies within an organization. Current position in terms of assets, its internal and external environments, and the objectives it wants to achieve.
2. Defining business capability and information technology blueprints.
ADSI teams up with leaders from both business and IT as they collaborate to create the blueprint for how the future business capability should operate. The blueprints frame business processes, information, applications, and infrastructure in terms that are succinct and can be translated into concrete actions for both IT and business owners.
3. Defining the transition plan
The ADSI team works with the IT organization to translate the business and IT capability blueprints into practical plans with specified time frames, budgets and resourcing. Throughout these activities, ADSI uses comprehensive architecture governance practices to introduce a disciplined approach to enterprise architecture management, IT procurement and deployment projects. Principles of ADSI's Enterprise Architecture Governance framework are infused throughout the planning process to help confirm that what is laid out in the blueprint can be easily governed, managed, measured and monitored.
ADSI at work A state agency in the United States was faced with a huge budget shortfall and needed to find ways to reduce costs, balance the budget and attain high performance. It launched a transformation program to examine its decentralized systems which consisted of 40 separate government departments and IT operations. The state needed to streamline a tangle of duplicated services and assets, inconsistent performance, lack of coordination and widespread inefficiencies. ADSI's Enterprise Architecture Planning solution was leveraged to create a master transformation plan, architecture strategy, and a rationalization road map to help achieve an IT transformation that achieved more than $150 million in IT cost reduction to-date.
ADSI's resources and delivery capabilities ADSI's Enterprise Architecture practice is part of a global, cross industry architecture and core technology group with highly specialized architects. ADSI has more than 5,500 architects distributed throughout every major enterprise architecture marketplace worldwide.
These professionals include both enterprise architects and specialized Technologists in the areas of information architecture, custom/packaged application architecture, service oriented architecture and infrastructure. Our methods result in Actionable, pragmatic plans and processes which are built into clients' Core IT capabilities and enable high performance. ADSI is organized in a matrix Structure, allowing the Enterprise Architecture practice to leverage strategy and business.
Architects from disciplines such as customer relationship management, supply chain management, human performance, and finance. Multi-disciplinary enterprise architecture teams can therefore meet both technical and business challenges. While the benefits of enterprise architecture planning usually accrue over a three- to five-year period, the gross returns far exceed the costs of building this capability, making enterprise architecture investments very attractive propositions. They can result in direct information technology cost reductions of up to 30 percent. Indirect benefits driven by cost Avoidance and risk reduction opportunities can amount to between 10 and 50 percent.