The three requirements needed for Agile Architecture
In a crisis like this you need to be able to adapt your mode of operation and interaction with customer quickly, due to changing circumstances. In this article Wilko Visser, CEO of ValueBlue, explains the three requirements for an Agile Architecture.
The first requirement is to have clear insights in your business processes, IT and data as well as their relations and dependencies. A clear and accessible mapping of these assets is key for the ability to think in scenarios and determine the impact of alternatives.
ValueBlue recently executed a benchmark on the impact that Enterprise Architecture has on the total performance of an organization. The benchmark shows that most organizations spend a considerable amount of time (up to 70%) of large projects on gathering all required information about the current situation. That is time and effort that needs to be spend before you can even set up the different scenarios for improving and transforming the current situation. This hinders you from reacting quickly if the circumstances suddenly change.
Reduction of complexity!
The second requirement for agility is reduction of the complexity of the organizational processes, IT and data. Most organizations have a far too complex IT landscape. This will by itself lead to business processes and data structures that are too complex as well. Complex IT landscapes also require complex integrations and additional relations and dependencies. So, reducing complexity and eliminating redundant functionality will lead to direct savings on systems management and infrastructure while even bigger indirect savings can be made on integration costs and the ability to execute changes and projects quicker.
Project Portfolio Management!
The last requirement of agility is that you are able to assign the appropriate resources to initiatives and projects. To do this, you have to be able to link business goals, principles and guidelines to projects and programs. Good Project Portfolio Management shows the contribution of every project to your business goals, and how it aligns to standards and organizational principles. These insights enable you to determine the right priorities and lets you focus on the best projects and initiatives. In hard times like these this is no unnecessary luxury.