14 Oct 2020, 14:00
Governing an adaptive architecture that enables you to quickly reach your business goals
Organizations are constantly transforming. They improve themselves every day in order to reach their business goals. But how do we structure these improvements so that we can reduce the risks, improve the effectiveness and enhance the efficiency of the transformation process?
Starting with Agile Business Transformation
In order to transform your business successfully, it is important to understand your objectives. Agile Business Transformation starts with measuring your business goals and strategy against your current capabilities. Where do we need to improve in order to get closer to our business goals? Based on this, we are able to define what our capabilities need to look like in the future.
Next, in order to implement the future state capabilities, we need to operationalize these into applications, processes, data and infrastructure. How should our organization look like to achieve the future state capabilities? Therefore, we define a high-level roadmap on how to get there.
Insight in your current state Architecture
However, in order to assess our current state capabilities and how to transform to the desired architecture, it’s crucial to understand how our organization is currently working. Therefore, governance on the core components of the current state of your organization is unmissable for transformation. We can achieve this by addressing Business Process Management, Application Portfolio Management and Data Management.
Business Process Management
Business Process Management focuses on mapping out the processes of your organization for quality management, optimization and digitization purposes. This doesn’t specifically mean mapping out every process in your organization in detail, but rather focus on mapping out all the processes which include a ROI in time and costs spend, versus the value expected from mapping them out. By re-using all the information for every process that has been mapped out, the value of process mapping increases.
Application Portfolio Management
Application Portfolio Management focuses on reducing complexity and costs of the application landscape, while increasing effectiveness. Because of mapping out your applications, their functionalities, their attributes and their relations to business processes, functional and technical value can be determined, while overlap in functionality can be minimized.
Data Management focuses on improving the quality of data, while also simplifying your data landscape. By introducing logical/canonical data models, and mapping them on your physical application data landscapes, the effectiveness improves, and complexity of your data landscape can be reduced. Furthermore, data lineage makes sure that the quality of your data is optimal since you always get it from the most reliable source.
Operationalizing your transformation in an Agile way
We now know what our future organization needs to look like in order to reach our business goals, as well as what our current state organization looks like and where the opportunities for improvement are situated. It’s time to get your project and Agile teams to action. However, to transform successfully, it is important to manage and support these teams.
Project Portfolio Management
Project Portfolio Management focuses on organizing your projects so that they best support the realization of your defined business goals and strategy. Grant your project and Agile teams direct access to your current state information, stored inside a central repository. This way, these teams gain insight in the high-level designs for the future and get a clear overview of the business goals and objectives of the organization. Then, they have all the tools ready to craft the perfect solution designs. Furthermore, once the teams get started it is important to constantly update them on the progress, while giving approval to take the next step in the transformation process. Doing so, you ensure that the future state becomes your new current state in an efficient and structured way. From there, we can continue to transform in order to always keep up with the demands of the changing world.
Agile Business Transformation with BlueDolphin
BlueDolphin is the Enterprise Architecture collaboration platform that allows organizations to simplify the complexity of their transformations. In BlueDolphin, you can define high-level roadmaps to reach your goals on a strategic level, and detail these roadmaps into processes, applications and data designs. Besides, BlueDolphin allows you to compare future and current state and define optimizations with Business Process Management, Application Portfolio Management and (Master) Data Management and operationalize improvements with Project Portfolio Management.
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