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Powerful Analysis Techniques (7) – Risk, Security & Compliance Analyses

posted by Marc Lankhorst on Oct 19, 2017

In the final installment of this blog series, I want to address the domain of risk, security and compliance, an area of increasing importance for architects, process designers and others. As an example, in some previous blogs, I have already outlined the new EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and its impact. In one of my posts, I used a simple example of data classification and how you can use this to assess your application landscape.

Powerful Analysis Techniques (6) – Financial Analysis

posted by Marc Lankhorst on Sep 7, 2017

In my previous post, I discussed how you can analyze the business and technical value of your applications, and how architecture models are key in calculating metrics such as the business criticality or strategic value of applications. In this post, I want to focus on financial analyses, and in particular on cost models.

Powerful Analysis Techniques (5) – Business and Technical Value Analysis

posted by Marc Lankhorst on Aug 29, 2017

In the previous installment in this blog series, we looked into planning and analyzing change in the enterprise by linking the life cycles of elements such as applications and projects. But how do you decide what to do with, for example, your application landscape? Which applications need to be improved, re-platformed, functionally upgraded, or phased out?

Powerful Analysis Techniques (4) – Lifecycle Analysis

posted by Marc Lankhorst on Aug 16, 2017

Next to this analysis of the enterprise as it is today, addressed in the previous blog posts, we can also plan, design and analyze change in and of the enterprise. To this end, you can give anything in your architecture model a lifecycle. The specific stages in those lifecycles can be defined depending on the types of objects you model.

Powerful Analysis Techniques (3) –     Process Analysis

posted by Marc Lankhorst on Aug 7, 2017

In my two previous blog posts, I described dependency analysis and impact analysis. These two kinds of analysis focus on what you might call the steady state of your enterprise, or the enterprise at rest. But there is also the enterprise in motion, where we look at the behavior of the enterprise, in particular its business processes.

Powerful Analysis Techniques (2) – Dependency Analysis

posted by Marc Lankhorst on Jul 31, 2017

In my previous blog post, I outlined the value of using analysis techniques to get more business value out of your models. I described one of the most common analysis techniques, impact analysis, and showed how color views and heat maps can be used to depict, for example, the use of applications to support capabilities.

7 Powerful Analysis Techniques to Get More Business Value from Your Models

posted by Marc Lankhorst on Jul 20, 2017

Strategists, architects, process experts, software developers, data managers and other professionals involved in changing the enterprise often put substantial effort in creating all kinds of useful models of their designs. In many cases, such business models, enterprise architecture models, business process models, software models, data models and more are only used to specify some design, i.e., to describe what should be built. But there is much more value to be had from these models, by using powerful analysis techniques to create new insights.

How organizations model their acquisition and divestiture – a real life example

posted by Marc Lankhorst on Jun 6, 2017

In my previous blog I wrote about the importance of models to successfully complete a merger, acquisition or divestiture. Of course, one organization’s divestiture may be another one’s acquisition. In this blog post I’ll share one my personal experiences as a consultant, supporting two government agencies that were in the middle of this process.

How enterprise models contribute to successfully completing a merger, acquisition or divestiture

posted by Marc Lankhorst on May 31, 2017

Organizations involved in major strategic changes such as mergers, acquisitions and divestitures often focus mostly on the financial and market aspects of the change. What is the impact on your market share? How can you increase buying power from your suppliers? What cost savings can be realized by exploiting synergies?

Are You Ready for the GDPR? The Test Results

posted by Marc Lankhorst on Feb 28, 2017

In two previous blogs, I discussed the impact of the new EU General Data Protection Regulation and 8 things architects can do to help their organization comply with this far-reaching regulation. We also made available our ’How ready are you for the GDPR?’ test, which determines whether your organization is doing enough to prepare for the important regulation.