“Many stakeholders consider their organization as unique.” Depending on the level of abstraction you take as viewpoint, you can argue this statement is either right or wrong. It is interesting from an enterprise architecture perspective to understand why stakeholders stress this uniqueness and what are the benefits of understanding where the organization really is different from others. Recently there was a very successful seminar on Enterprise Architecture in Healthcare at BiZZdesign’s Dutch Amersfoort office. Therefore we use the example of the healthcare industry to illustrate things.
A major challenge facing business today is how to harness the creative abilities and business knowledge of its employees to gain strategic advantages over its competitors that in turn result in significant increases in profitable sales and or reduction in business costs.
Imagine you wake up one day and suddenly there is a completely new technology available that outperforms your product or service in every way and you didn’t see it coming. Sounds impossible, right? Well, scenarios like these are happening. Take for example taxi service Uber or navigation devices for in your car. In case of the latter, players like Garmin and TomTom dominated this market for several years, selling their products for hundreds of dollars each. However, that was before Google introduced Google Maps for Android phones including a navigation function. As a result, Garmin’s and TomTom’s market values dropped dramatically, 85% in only 18 months.
In this series, we have discussed various aspects of the ArchiMate modeling language using a “first principles” approach. We have covered structure vs. behavior, the three layers, (with internal / external aspects), the use of specialization, and so on. A key issue that we have often discussed is the distinction between the (mental) model of the modeler (i.e. the architect) and the visualizations that he or she creates for stakeholders in the organization. In this posting we will elaborate on that aspect.
The hype on cloud computing makes expectations rise. What’s the role of the IT department in general? And the role of an architect in particular? Recently there was a very successful seminar on Enterprise Architecture in Healthcare at BiZZdesign’s Dutch Amersfoort office. We discussed this topic with attendees and the conclusion are presented in this blog post.
Everybody has experienced moments where they had to make a big or important decision, but without any form of guidance, help, or support. It’s a well-known fact that managers make many decisions based on gut feeling. For smaller decisions that may be right, but what about big(ger) strategic decisions? We can see that informed decision making is becoming a trend, dispelling gut-based decisions and incorporating tools and analytics to come to the best decision. However there is no holy grail and there are still some pitfalls/reasons for caution down the road regarding informed decision making.
As a consultant at BiZZdesign, I help organizations in professionalizing their Enterprise Architecture practices. In these projects, I see architects struggling with ‘selling’ their products to their internal customers, often referred to as ‘the business’ (not as in “mind your own business”, a common response in architecture work). The inability of convincing the business of the added value of architecture products can become a big frustration in organizations. Recently, I found some inspiration in football.
This is the fifth posting in our series on using ArchiMate in practice. The goal of this posting is to come to grips with the use of specialization in architecture models. We discuss the main idea as well as implications and benefits.
During Business Process Management trainings, people often ask me about the best modeling technique: How to model a process model? Where do I begin? Questions that many of you have asked yourselves when beginning to design a process model. In this blog I would like to take you along with me to the world of top-down or bottom-up modeling. Let me start by clarifying some frequently used terms. Then, I will share several personal experiences and my preferred method of working.
Sharing knowledge an good practices is one of the core values of BiZZdesign. We regularly organize and contribute to online and offline seminars, conferences and round tables. Recently there was a very successful seminar on Enterprise Architecture in Dutch healthcare. After presentations on “Dilemma’s for Architects”, the relation between physical and digital architecture in hospitals and “Data Management”, we had a World Café on various topics. Please share your good and worst practices by reacting to this blog.