Suleiman Shehu

What is Decision Management?

Posted by Suleiman Shehu on 16 December 2014

Tags: Decision Model Management

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.

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Jens Goossens

The secret to surviving disruptive innovations!

Posted by Jens Goossens on 12 December 2014

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. 

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Bas van Gils & Sven van Dijk

The ArchiMate Files – 6. Views and viewpoints

Posted by Bas van Gils & Sven van Dijk on 09 December 2014

Tags: Enterprise Architecture Management

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.

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Remco Blom

Who needs an architect if everything goes to the cloud?

Posted by Remco Blom on 05 December 2014

Tags: Enterprise Architecture Management

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. 

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Ton Baas

The 5 most known pitfalls for informed decision making

Posted by Ton Baas on 02 December 2014

Tags: Decision Model Management

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.

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Tim Vehof

Enterprise Architecture communication: Lessons from ‘Louis from Gaal’

Posted by Tim Vehof on 28 November 2014

Tags: Enterprise Architecture Management

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.

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Bas van Gils & Sven van Dijk

The ArchiMate Files – 5. specialization

Posted by Bas van Gils & Sven van Dijk on 28 November 2014

Tags: Enterprise Architecture Management

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.

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David van Eck

Business Process Modelling: Top-down or bottom-up?

Posted by David van Eck on 25 November 2014

Tags: Business Process Management

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. 

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Remco Blom

Enterprise Architecture: Need for Speed

Posted by Remco Blom on 21 November 2014

Tags: Enterprise Architecture Management

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.

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Marc Lankhorst & Wil Janssen

Enterprise Architecture and Innovation: A Cultural Change

Posted by Marc Lankhorst & Wil Janssen on 18 November 2014

Tags: Enterprise Architecture Management

Over centuries, we have seen architects and engineers leading innovation. The Romans building ingenious aqueducts, the construction of the Canal du Midi and the Eiffel Tower in France, or more recently the Norman Foster’s Millau viaduct or  landmark buildings like the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao by Frank Gehry. Buildings that inspire and stretch technological possibilities. Ideas that have literally shaped construction and design, and transformed their surroundings.

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