Enterprise Architecture

What is Enterprise Architecture

What’s an “enterprise architecture “ definition: 

An enterprise architecture (EA) is a conceptual blueprint that defines the structure and operation of an organization both logical & physical. The intent of an enterprise architecture is to determine how an organization can most effectively achieve its current and future objectives. 
What EA can provide: 
The goal of enterprise architecture is: 

  • Create a unified IT environment (standardized hardware and software systems) across the firm 
  • promote alignment, standardization, reuse of existing IT assets, and the sharing of common methods for project management and software development across the organization. The end result, theoretically, is that the enterprise architecture will make IT cheaper, more strategic, and more responsive.

 

Enterprise Architecture Solutions & Benefits

There are three major benefits of architecture, from the most tactical to the most strategic:  

  • Cost reduction and technology standardization

A cost-savings justification is the most tactical approach, and often brings significant return on investment (ROI). Within the larger strategy of cost savings, sub strategies focus on

- technology standardization and efficiencies,
- skills leverage and the potential for the retirement of aging and high-cost systems and platforms.
-  The reduction of technical risk and complexity are also benefits of this overall approach.
- The keys to a successful justification are to specifically enumerate the costs to be saved as objectives, a demonstration of these savings as actual deliverables and showing them as the work of the architecture team. The key stakeholder for cost reduction is usually the IS organization.
 
  • Process improvement

The second major area of justification is in business process improvement, looking inward within the business organization and the supporting applications space. Here, the stakeholders are business owners, typically divisions within the enterprise. In this model, sufficient, but contained, areas are re-architected to achieve process improvement. Examples are:

- the retirement of multiple parallel systems,
- improving workflow over a given time, ease of use or profit opportunities,
- creating single points of system entry that ease process flow,
-  and increasing application integration among departmental systems to re-envision the links among applications and systems.

 

  • Strategic differentiation

The third major justification strategy is based on strategic initiative, and would include

- efforts toward moving the enterprise within its value network (your closest key customer segments) to the real-time enterprise (RTE). The key stakeholders are often corporate and strategic stakeholders. These architectural efforts are usually created to respond to or anticipate new business drivers, significant industry upheaval.
- new competitive pressures or major changes in the roles of key players in the value network.
- the enterprise senses that an investment in architecture pays off in new ways of thinking about the business, new customer segments and major new competitive strategies.

Enterprise Architectural Deliveries

Enterprise Architecture services can provide a series of architectural deliveries for a customer, such as:

  • Recommendations for an alignment between the company strategy, business architecture and technology, strategy, architecture and roadmap
  • Illustration of the complete view of  end-to-end  connections, integrations, interfaces
  • Provide the whole logical & physical views of the existing applications, frameworks, databases, networking, security and performance .
  • Recommend standards, methodology, process and governance
  • Training and implementation of SDLC, or Agile process and methodology 
  • Solutions and tools for system monitoring, control, auditing, tracing and point of integration performance
  • Provide recommendations for modernization and rationalization of legacy application 
  • Provide recommendations to support for the new acquisition, transformation and integration
  • Provide a guideline for a project manager to understand the clear division of labor and their roles, responsibilities and dependencies
  • Provide a blueprint document to illustrate the components and their relations at the customers facing cross the channels, the nature of their interactions with company services and products
  • Provide an illustration(s) of performance, availability, scalability, SLA and KPI  

Our Success

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  • Banking and Financial companies transition, modernization, strategy, architecture, delivery, cloud computing, analytics and big data
  • Insurance, transition to the e-commerce, digital transformation for the Omni channels, Call Center, ATM and Branches
  • Health Care modernization, rationalization and cost cutting, automation, standards, process and governance
  • Telecommunication transitioning to innovation and implementation of Cloud computing, vitalization and automation
  • Technology driven companies, leading transitioning to the cloud computing, provisioning and automation
  • Security, bio metrics security, IAM, Smart Card, physical and logical devices
  • E-Commerce, digitalization’s, and content management

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