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50 Competitive Intelligence analysis techniques

50 Competitive Intelligence analysis techniques | Enterprise Architecture | Scoop.it

Analysis is often where the ball drops as far as competitive intelligence analysts are concerned. Yet this is the only way the team can truly extract insights from the data and the intelligence gathered, and have a chance to play a role in the company’s strategic planning process.


You will find below 50 analysis techniques you should master. This is not a complete list, and it should be adapted depending on the strategic needs of your company, as well as the nature of your business.

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A fantastic library of analysis technics, including links and insights. 


A must read and bookmark!

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How to Think Like an Enterprise Architect? ~ Future of CIO

How to Think Like an Enterprise Architect? ~ Future of CIO | Enterprise Architecture | Scoop.it
Enterprise Architecture is the discipline not just for Enterprise Architects, it's the thinking process every business leader should master; and it's the discipline every mature organization needs to practice.

Via Tony Shan
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Enterprise Architecture is the discipline not just for Enterprise Architects, it's the thinking process every business leader should master; and it's the discipline every mature organization needs to practice.  

 

Not everyone should be an EA, neither everyone wants to be an EA,  but everyone can learn how to think like architect through: systematic thinking, system thinkingholistic thinking, critical thinking, creative thinking, analytics thinking, synthetic thinking, non-linear thinking, abstract thinking, design thinking, whole-brain thinking, positive thinking, etc...

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Daniel Tremblay's curator insight, January 16, 12:00 PM
L'architecture d'entreprise n'est pas réservée qu'aux conseillers en architecture.  Tous peuvent apprendre à penser "Architecture d'entreprise".

Trois caractéristiques requises?
- Ouverture d'esprit, pensées critiques et créatives
- Communicateur
- Créateur de synergie d'équipe
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Intelligence artificielle: prévoir une lame de fond sur les cinq prochaines années

Intelligence artificielle: prévoir une lame de fond sur les cinq prochaines années | Enterprise Architecture | Scoop.it
Pour esquisser la rentrée, Gartner vient de synthétiser les vagues technologiques « émergentes » à ne pas rater. Sans hésitation, l’intelligence artificielle se distingue.

Le cabinet d’études multisectorielles américain peaufine son analyse dans le cadre de son rapport réactualisé « Hype Cycle for Emerging Technologies, 2017« .

Sur les 2000 technologies scrutées, il souligne trois « méga-tendances » portant sur la nouvelle économie qui impacteront le business sur la période 2017-2027 : la puissance de l’intelligence artificielle, l’essor des « expériences immersives transparentes » et la généralisation des « plateformes numériques ».

Autant de signaux susceptibles d’avoir un impact sur les activités des entreprises, suggère Mike J. Walker, Directeur de recherche chez Gartner.

Incontestablement, l’intelligence artificielle se distingue. Gartner considère que les progrès réalisés dans ce spectre des technologies (en particulier l’apprentissage automatique ou machine learning, les réseaux neuronaux ou deep learning) vont provoquer des bouleversements dans l’économie en raison de l’intelligence qui sera intégrée dans les services associés à l’exploitation des données.

Gartner met dans un paquet commun des percées associées comme la conduite autonome, les systèmes cognitifs comme Watson du côté d’IBM, l’exploitation des drones à des fins commerciales, les interfaces utilisateurs aux fonctions conversationnelles, l’exploitation des métadonnées dans la gestion des actifs immatériels (Enterprise Taxonomy and Ontology Management), mais aussi les évolution « Smart » (« intelligence et automatisation des tâches ») associées aux composants pour l’Internet des objets, la robotique et les nouveaux environnements de travail.


Dans la catégorie des expériences immersives, Gartner intègre le rapprochement entre les personnes, le business et les objets. Le cabinet d’études intègre l’impression 4D, la réalité augmentée et virtuelle, la domotique, les interfaces cerveau-ordinateur, « l’homme augmentée » à la limite du transhumanisme ou les nanotechnologies.

Quant au segment « fourre-tout » des plateformes numériques, on trouve le bouquet des autres technos qui vont marquer les esprits. Pêle-mêle, on trouve la 5G, la Blockchain, l’Internet des objets, l’informatique quantique, les réseaux virtualisés (SDN)…


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Yves Pellemans's curator insight, September 21, 10:18 AM

Dans ses « méga-tendances » IT, Gartner place l’intelligence artificielle (IA) au sommet des technologies qui vont bouleverser l’économie digitale.

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A practical guide to machine learning in business

A practical guide to machine learning in business | Enterprise Architecture | Scoop.it

Machine learning is poised to have a profound impact on your business but the hype is sowing confusion. Here’s a clear-eyed look at what machine learning is and how it can be used today.

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How to build a Roadmap

How to build a Roadmap | Enterprise Architecture | Scoop.it
Introduction of a basic pattern for developing a robust road map for any organization using an example of the adoption of a Master Data Management initiative.
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The following steps (and related links to other posts) are required to complete this work:

  1. Develop a clear and unambiguous understanding of the current state
  2. Define the desired end state
  3. Conduct a Gap Analysis exercise
  4. Prioritize the findings from the Gap Analysis exercise into a series of gap closure strategies
  5. Discover the optimum sequence of actions (recognizing predecessor – successor relationships)
  6. Develop and Publish the Road Map

 

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How to Create a Good EA Roadmap

How to Create a Good EA Roadmap | Enterprise Architecture | Scoop.it

The EA Roadmap is utilized to push us to towards the future and give a base for evaluating undertaking speculation decisions expected to arrive. They rapidly got to be fundamental, and the competition will soon outrun companies without one. Read more to click.


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EA’s Five Key Success Factors

EA’s Five Key Success Factors | Enterprise Architecture | Scoop.it
Typically EA team is responsible for strategy/planning, innovation and governance. It should be able to provide guidance, standards, principles and roadmap to anyone within the enterprise.
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How CIOs can use machine learning to transforming customer service - Be a leader in #service: #servicedesign and #designthinking

How CIOs can use machine learning to transforming customer service - Be a leader in #service: #servicedesign and #designthinking | Enterprise Architecture | Scoop.it
“ Thinkstock (Thinkstock) In recent years, advances in machine learning have propelled its use to the forefronts of virtually every industry in the modern economy. This exciting new way to conduct business is thus being increasingly relied upon to provide better customer service experiences at a fraction of current cost. What specific strategies are the world’s…”
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The Rise Of The Bots: 11 Ways Your Business Can Prepare - InformationWeek

The Rise Of The Bots: 11 Ways Your Business Can Prepare - InformationWeek | Enterprise Architecture | Scoop.it
Business is ripe for a bot explosion. The foundational technologies are available, industry behemoths are fanning the fire, users are demanding better experiences, and companies are looking for new ways to optimize their financial performance. Are you ready?
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Here are the main things you should think about when considering using bots:

 

  1. Have A Strategy
  2. Cultivate Emotional Machine Intelligence
  3. Keep Your Brand Image In Mind
  4. Consider The Ecosystem
  5. Target Rote, Repetitive Tasks
  6. Extend Enterprise App Functionality
  7. Speed Decision-Making
  8. Rethink Search
  9. Simplify Research
  10. Improve Operations
  11. Consider Bots As You Would Any Channel
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The danger of betting on a hybrid cloud architecture

The danger of betting on a hybrid cloud architecture | Enterprise Architecture | Scoop.it
Hybrid cloud architectures are very popular right now, but they could turn out to be little more than a transitional strategy.
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"And some enterprises will always need to maintain a foot in both camps. But there’s a risk that thinking of the hybrid cloud as some idealized end-state for your infrastructure and applications could end up leaving you with the worst of both worlds."


 


Despite the relevancy of the risk raised, I do think that most of the companies will end up with a foot in both camps: cloud and on-premise. I don't agree with the statement that hybrid Cloud should be only a transition stage, it can be a goal by itself, then of course, companies needs to pay attention not ending up with the worst of both worlds!

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Enduring Misconceptions about Architecture – Part 1

Enduring Misconceptions about Architecture – Part 1 | Enterprise Architecture | Scoop.it
Architecture and engineering are different. The engineer makes the architecture a reality bringing material to bear, whereas the architect describes the desired reality bringing clarity to what is needed.
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Frankenstein and IT Solutions: Ready for Omnichannel?

Frankenstein and IT Solutions: Ready for Omnichannel? | Enterprise Architecture | Scoop.it
It's up to IT to provide the business with an enterprise architecture that lets the business manage multiple channels in a way that's customer-friendly.
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Digital Transformation - Part I: It’s All About Networks

Digital Transformation - Part I:	It’s All About Networks | Enterprise Architecture | Scoop.it

There is no topic that is both more important and more confusing to business leaders than digital transformation. With the deluge of articles and keynote speeches on how the digital revolution is accelerating radical change, you would think that there would be more clarity about this pervasive phenomenon. Instead there is general sense of confusion reminiscent of the Buffalo Springfield lyric: “There’s something’s happening here; what it is ain’t exactly clear.” 


 


What we do know is that none of us could live without what are now necessary gadgets that just a mere decade ago were figments of our imaginations. We also know that these marvels are changing our lives more profoundly than any of the progression of the twentieth-century gadgets spotlighted in Disney World’s Carousal of Progress. What isn’t clear, however, is the extent to which the technology revolution has not only transformed our gadgets but also the fundamental fabric for how the world works. And until business leaders understand the full extent of the profound changes spawned by the technology revolution, digital transformation will remain an elusive enigma.

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The future of the IoT job market

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Since the dawn of technology, we’ve been afraid of technology eliminating our jobs. Look at the birth of the steam engine. When it was invented in the late..
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In a nutshell, IoT will do exactly what technology does everywhere — it supplants low-skill jobs with high-skill jobs. Eventually, the Internet of Things will lead to widespread replacement of simple and repetitive jobs in areas such as manufacturing, administration, quality control and planning. But more importantly, IoT will lead to the creation of new jobs that will help organizations champion and pioneer not only their personal success with IoT, but the success of the business as well.

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In a nutshell, IoT will do exactly what technology does everywhere — it supplants low-skill jobs with high-skill jobs. Eventually, the Internet of Things will lead to widespread replacement of simple and repetitive jobs in areas such as manufacturing, administration, quality control and planning. But more importantly, IoT will lead to the creation of new jobs that will help organizations champion and pioneer not only their personal success with IoT, but the success of the business as well.

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5 Keys to Creating a Killer Data Lake

5 Keys to Creating a Killer Data Lake | Enterprise Architecture | Scoop.it
It’s been several years since the term “Data Lake” was coined by my friend and Pentaho co-founder James Dixon. The idea continues to be a hot topic and a challenge to execute properly. The problem is that too many people think all they need to do is dump data into Hadoop.

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How to successfully plan your Enterprise Architecture

How to successfully plan your Enterprise Architecture | Enterprise Architecture | Scoop.it
Here are 6 basic steps to planning a successful Enterprise Architecture (EA)!
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Hybrid integration platform in the digital enterprise

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As the applications, data and services are scattered on-premises in the enterprise and in the cloud, a single integration platform is insufficient to meet the requirements of end-to-end business process models. A hybrid integration platform that is built with many types of integration components is essential to meet all integration needs, including mobility and IoT. This article explains three use cases to position a hybrid integration platform and the steps for designing such a platform with an optimum configuration of middleware components.
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Avolution :: 5 steps to becoming an enterprise architecture ninja

Avolution :: 5 steps to becoming an enterprise architecture ninja | Enterprise Architecture | Scoop.it
Enterprise architects who have a clear view of where they fit in the EA pecking order and a roadmap for taking their practice to the next level are likely to prosper

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The Outcome Focus Of World Class EA Programs | Forrester Blogs

The Outcome Focus Of World Class EA Programs | Forrester Blogs | Enterprise Architecture | Scoop.it

I recently had a conversation with a new EA practice leaders in the investment management business unit of a large multi-line insurance company.  They wanted to hear my perspectives on what a world-class EA program should look like.  They knew of all the traditional EA building blocks: standards and roadmaps, architecture domains, methodologies like TOGAF.  They had a long list of things to do, but were uncertain about which to tackle first, and had a nagging feeling that these had little to do with world-class EA programs.  We touched on EA maturity models, but quickly concluded that there isn’t an obvious and compelling business value proposition to simply ‘being mature’. 

The conversation shifted to outcomes – what are the outcomes of a world-class EA program?  IT cost reduction could be an outcome, and has been the raison d’etre of EA for years.  IT solution design quality could be an outcome, and has been the justification for architects for longer than EA has been around.  But these are all IT-centric outcomes.

We all know the world is changing.  Digital capabilities are radically impacting our customers, the competitive landscape, the regulatory context, and the operating models of businesses.  Kyle McNabb summarizes this very well in his blog post.  The mantra today is business agility in the face of all these radical changes.  Because of this, being IT-centric is no longer the hallmark of a world class EA program. 

 
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How to fix the data integration mess

How to fix the data integration mess | Enterprise Architecture | Scoop.it
#CIOChat discusses the data integration mess and how to get started fixing it.
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How to Integrate Data and Analytics into Every Part of Your Organization

How to Integrate Data and Analytics into Every Part of Your Organization | Enterprise Architecture | Scoop.it
“Start with a clear understanding of what you hope to accomplish.”
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Many conversations about data and analytics (D&A) start by focusing on technology. Having the right tools is critically important, but too often executives overlook or underestimate the significance of the people and organizational components required to build a successful D&A function.

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How to Know When It’s Time to Move to the Cloud

How to Know When It’s Time to Move to the Cloud | Enterprise Architecture | Scoop.it

Agencies want to boost efficiency and cut costs, but what should they consider before migrating workloads to the cloud?

 

Yet as more agencies investigate cloud environments with an eye toward boosting efficiency and cutting costs, many agency IT leaders are also discovering that making the right choices can be complex. Today’s market offers multiple options for where and how to run workloads. The reality is that certain workloads are better suited to on-premises environments while others can run more productively in the cloud. 

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It’s one of the most important decisions facing today’s data center chiefs: Should our IT team move specific workloads off-premises or keep everything here in our data center? 

 

 

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Enduring Misconceptions about Architecture – Part 2

Enduring Misconceptions about Architecture – Part 2 | Enterprise Architecture | Scoop.it
Tackling some key misconceptions about Enterprise Architecture can ease fear, uncertainty, and doubt about its effectiveness. The following list adds to misconceptions presented in Part 1 of this blog.
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Dynamic Enterprise Architecture Models

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Enterprise Architecture Models provide value by capturing knowledge about the business strategies, the current and target enterprise, understanding and identifying the gaps between current and target enterprise architectures, and then planning a roadmap of initiatives to close those gaps. Often they seem only to be used as a repository of static detail such as landscape models,…
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L'avenir du transport multimodal passera par l'open data - L'Atelier BNP Paribas

L'avenir du transport multimodal passera par l'open data - L'Atelier BNP Paribas | Enterprise Architecture | Scoop.it
L'avenir du transport multimodal passera par l'open data : toutes les dernières actualités sur la Smart City avec L'Atelier BNP Paribas.
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To Lead a Digital Transformation, CEOs Must Prioritize

To Lead a Digital Transformation, CEOs Must Prioritize | Enterprise Architecture | Scoop.it

Given the pace at which digital innovation is disrupting industries globally, it’s not surprising that most CEOs feel pressure to find and deploy the right technology as fast as their budgets will allow. Many are discovering, however, that becoming a digital leader isn’t simply a matter of technological savvy. It’s about creating an agile organization that can detect what type of change is essential and respond quickly with the most competitive solution.

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Only the CEO has the power to provide this kind of direction across the entire enterprise.

 

To do that effectively, CEOs need a holistic view of the digital threats and opportunities facing key parts of the business, and a way to link them to an overall vision for how digital is reshaping the competitive landscape. This brings order to the chaos of initiatives and provides a clearer basis for narrowing down priorities and managing the cross-functional interdependencies that the best digital solutions often present. Three ways to manage the digital transition are:

  • Define where change is needed most
  • Choreograph the change
  • Empower people
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7 Technologies that Enable a Microservices Architecture - InformationWeek

7 Technologies that Enable a Microservices Architecture - InformationWeek | Enterprise Architecture | Scoop.it
Organizations that implement microservices often adopt the architectural style alongside complementary technologies, including the seven in this slideshow.
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A microservices architecture involves creating software out of many, smaller independent services. Instead of developing applications as a monolithic whole, microservices takes a modular approach, using small pieces that can be re-used and re-purposed for a variety of purposes. It is similar to service-oriented architecture (SOA), and some people consider it to be a more refined version of SOA.

 

Still, Gartner cautions, “Microservices architecture enables unprecedented agility and scalability, but it's not for everyone. Application leaders responsible for architecture should understand this new design paradigm, its prerequisites and its disruptive impact before determining where, when and whether to use it.”

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