WHY IT MATTERS: Digital Transformation
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How enterprise architects can help ensure success with digital transformations is actually a very sad statement about the value that EA groups bring to organizations via @McKinsey HT @daniellambert07

How enterprise architects can help ensure success with digital transformations is actually a very sad statement about the value that EA groups bring to organizations via @McKinsey HT @daniellambert07 | WHY IT MATTERS: Digital Transformation | Scoop.it

Digital transformations are, by their very nature, complex. There are multiple moving parts, integrated processes and technologies, and the need for expertise that cannot already be found in the company. In most firms, however, there is a small cadre of technology professionals who can impose relative order on the proceedings. CEOs and CIOs should consider the benefits of pulling enterprise architects closer to the center: bringing them to the table with business leaders, devising metrics that reveal the value of their work, and creating the type of incentives that will challenge them and prompt them to stay for the long term. Such an approach is critical not just for limiting risk and protecting against the potential challenges and downsides of digital transformations but also for ensuring a clear upside—a close and lasting partnership between the business and IT.

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WHY IT MATTERS: I've practiced enterprise architecture since I learned from the best at Capgemini back in 2003. Although the concept and the tools are great, and I use them daily, I find the EA groups in large organizations is quite shameful. This article provides insights into what EA groups can bring. If only the architects could step down from their throne to deliver something useful to their organizations, as suggested here...

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Guide to the Digital Transformation Framework to define, price, and plan a #DigitalTransformation

Guide to the Digital Transformation Framework to define, price, and plan a #DigitalTransformation | WHY IT MATTERS: Digital Transformation | Scoop.it

Building on the expanded definition of the term “digital”, we introduce in figure 5 the Digital Transformation Framework (DTF), a frame of reference to guide digital transformations. At a high level, the (DTF) has one foundation layer and three pillars.

Starting from the bottom, the framework has its base rooted in cybersecurity, a critical dimension, given the degree to which the digital world and its underlying economy is consistently under attack. Moving to the top left corner of Figure 5, the first pillar of the frame of reference is defined. It is labeled “Digital theme”, and proposes six key categories to logically organize the levers that organizations can pull to become digital. The second pillar, labeled “Customer Orientation”, suggests that clients, whether internal or externally facing an enterprise, are at the heart of any digital transformation. Finally, the last pillar, labeled “Competency Level”, indicates the level of excellence and efficiency an organization would like to achieve, for a given digital theme, as a possible way to distinguish itself from its competitors. The Competency Level pillar offers three possible distinct values: “Competitive”, “Industry” and “Minimum”, as shown in the diagram below.

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WHY IT MATTERS: we are starting to see frameworks and approaches to manage the digital transformation. This is one of them but beware, as most things with Enterprise Architecture related, it can rapidly become confusing as it tries to generalize. Nevertheless, it does suggest interesting ways to address the digital transformation.

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First tie I see a proposal for a Digital Transformation Reference Architecture

Digital transformation - extending and exposing business processes outside the organisation - by implementing a digital strategy – a statement about the organisation’s digital positioning, operating model, competitors and customer and collaborator needs and behaviour through the delivery of digital solutions defined in a digital architecture – a future state application, data and technology view to achieve digital operating status - is potentially (very) complex. Digital architecture does not exist in isolation entirely separate from an organisation’s overall enterprise architecture. Digital architecture must exist within the within the wider enterprise architecture context. Enterprise architecture provides the tools and the approaches to manage the complexity of digital transformation. 

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WHY IT MATTERS: we need more work such as this one to help manage the digital transformation in our organizations. Unfortunately, as with many things EA related, this is a bit theoretical and grandiose but starting at slide 28 you may find elements worth using in your own architectures.

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How enterprise architects can help ensure success with digital transformations | McKinsey & Company

How enterprise architects can help ensure success with digital transformations | McKinsey & Company | WHY IT MATTERS: Digital Transformation | Scoop.it
The enterprise-architecture (EA) department can play a central role in reducing the complexity associated with digital transformations. Most companies have a dedicated EA group embedded within the larger IT organization. This group typically oversees the entire systems architecture, including business processes and IT infrastructure. It helps to establish rules for and processes around technology usage to ensure consistency across business units and functions. As such, this group can help the CEO and others on the senior leadership team redesign their companies’ business and IT architectures so that they can avoid some of the pitfalls cited earlier and compete more effectively in a digital era.
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A very positive viewpoint on the potential contribution that enterprise architecture can play in a digital transformation.

 

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EA groups has historically failed to deliver the value they promised. Here McKinsey suggests they can be an essential team to bridge the business - technology gap. I remain sceptical as most EA groups lack the desired skills to communicate effectively because they focus on technology and infrastructure. Let's use this article to guide EA teams to improve and truly contribute.

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Just updated the "Enterprise Architecture examples" with improved references to NIH and FEA

Just updated the "Enterprise Architecture examples" with improved references to NIH and FEA | WHY IT MATTERS: Digital Transformation | Scoop.it
(last edit 10nov’13)
I have been an EA for the past 10 years and I have produced a number of Enterprise Architectures for clients and employers.
For an EA University class I am preparing (HEC Montreal...
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This post is a reference to different EA deliverable sample documents that I find useful. I've just updated it to be more specific about NIH deliverables and added references to the US FEA models.

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BESRI KENZA's curator insight, December 3, 2014 10:29 AM

good examples for EA in sevral  firmes 

 

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I compiled a list of Enterprise Architecture examples to help newbies understand EA by example

I compiled a list of Enterprise Architecture examples to help newbies understand EA by example | WHY IT MATTERS: Digital Transformation | Scoop.it
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I have been an EA for the past 10 years and I have produced a number of Enterprise Architectures for clients and employers.
For an EA University class I am preparing (HEC Montreal...
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Hope you find this compilation useful to help understand what EA is all about.

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aelena's curator insight, October 20, 2013 9:18 AM

Interesting list of case studies and resources to showcase Enterprise Architecture to newbies (that could well include those managers that you're trying to convince of the usefulness of EntArch!)

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Domtar CIO presents a simple business architecture approach to align Business & IT via @ActionTI

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Look at slide #9 for an overview of the approach.

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