Jul 162015
Figuring out the Why – Identify Strategic Change Opportunities

There is a new technology around every corner. Customer and client expectations are evolving at an ever increasing pace. How do you determine what strategic changes you should make that will deliver value to your enterprise? Whether you have a for-profit, non-profit or public sector enterprise, figuring out WHY you may need to implement change in your enterprise is a very important

Jul 012015
Take a Hold of your Enterprise Future and Architect your Business Change Strategy

New technologies are changing the way we do business, changing the way we interact with things We are intertwining digital tools with everyday life and everyday business processes, creating a world of connected things and connected people. Organizations also are becoming more connected, forming stronger partnerships to deliver smarter value to customers and clients. As often quoted from Darwin’s theory of

May 232015
Enabling Successful Business Change with Enterprise Architecture

How successfully does your organization implement strategic business change initiatives? A recent study[1] by the Economist Intelligence Unit revealed that only 56 percent of strategic initiatives meet the original goals and business intent. Advances in digital technology will continue to enable all kinds of new products and services and inspire innovative strategies, but will your organization be able to successfully

May 232014
Is the Business Model Canvas a useful tool in an Enterprise Architect’s toolbox?

Frank is Director of Strategic Planning at an insurance company and he is very stressed. The company has had significant challenges recently with implementing strategic initiatives effectively and the C-suite has set an aggressive customer service transformation target. Frank knows he is on the hook for a robust implementation plan that will span multiple service offerings. If he nails this

Dec 172012
Quick Strategy Assessments and Scoping with Business Capability Wheels

The Business Capability Alignment Wheel is a quick and effective means to scope and describe what is needed within an enterprise to achieve strategic direction. Once the strategic direction is articulated, and  the key  business results or success measures that contribute to achievement of the strategic direction are defined, you are ready to use the Strategic Business Capability Wheel. Step 1

Nov 152012

Upon reading the article titled As Chocolate Is To Peanut Butter, Strategy Is To Tactics, by Nacie Carson, author of The Finch Effect, two questions came to mind. How does the team leader/manager identify which of their organization’s strategic outcomes they can impact, either directly or indirectly and how much  impact can they actually have? How can companies “crowd source”

Oct 172012

I just read an interesting article by Nacie Carson, author of The Finch Effect, on the need of operational teams to act tactically in support of strategy. In this article titled As Chocolate Is To Peanut Butter, Strategy Is To Tactics, she particularly focuses on the ability of the team leader to straddle both strategic thinking and tactical action. Two questions

Jul 282012

The Business Process Manifesto edited by Roger Burlton is now available. The purpose of this manifesto is to create common definitions for terminology and concepts used in the business process management space. This document has been a number of years in the making and has received review and input from many business professionals worldwide. It has been an honor for

Apr 192012

Maximizing the effectiveness of your business architecture and business capabilities, requires you to develop your process architecture and information architecture together in lock step. Most will agree that processes and information are intricately linked. For example, the effectiveness of process decisions depends on quality information and the quality of information depends on the processes that create and maintain it. However,

Apr 072012

I have just finished reading Roger Martin’s book “The Design of Business”. He is describing and promoting the use of “design thinking” in developing products and services. Basically he is writing about the balance of creative design and analytical design, which is a key principle behind successful business architecture. The purpose and challenge of the business architect is to facilitate innovative business solutioning