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Prepare your Organization for Change: 6 Key Capabilities

posted by Marc Lankhorst & Peter Matthijssen on Nov 9, 2016

Few companies have a systematic and reliable way of translating their business strategy into action across all relevant parts of the organization. Research on digital transformations by MIT Sloan [1] distinguishes between the ‘what’ (what does an organization want to achieve) and the ‘how’

In case you missed it: Combining ArchiMate® 3.0 with Other Standards & Techniques – Summary

posted by Marc Lankhorst on Nov 3, 2016

Since the release of ArchiMate 3.0 last June, my colleagues and I have written a series of blog posts about combining ArchiMate with other standards, methods and modeling techniques. This post summarizes what we have shown you.

BiZZdesign Customer South State Bank Wins Enterprise Architecture Award 2016

posted by BiZZdesign on Oct 31, 2016

A big congratulations goes out to our customer South State Bank for being chosen as a winner in this year's Forrester and InfoWorld Enterprise Architecture Awards 2016.

Strategic Use of Business Models: Strategic Management

posted by Henry Franken on Oct 31, 2016

The term “strategy” is perhaps one of the most misused, and misunderstood concepts in business literature. In this series of blog posts, we refer to strategy as positioning the firm with respect to its environment. We endeavor to answer the questions: how can we (a) improve the process of strategic management through the use of models, and (b) improve the execution/implementation of strategies with Enterprise Architecture Management?

Using ArchiMate® in an Agile Context

posted by Marc Lankhorst on Oct 11, 2016

In the past, my colleagues and I have written several blogs on the combination of enterprise architecture and agile ways of working (e.g. Enterprise Architecture and Agile Development: Opposites Attract?, Enterprise Architecture and Innovation: A cultural change, Escaping the Jaws of the Project Monster). In this blog, I want to focus in more detail on the use of the ArchiMate language in the context of agile methods, in particular the Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe).

ArchiMate® 3.0 and Service Blueprints

posted by Marc Lankhorst & Adina Aldea on Sep 27, 2016

A useful technique for service design and innovation is the Service Blueprint. It is related to customer journey maps (see our previous blog) in its emphasis of customer touchpoints, but focuses more on the realization of services by underlying activities and less on the quality of the customer’s experience.

ArchiMate® 3.0 and Value Mapping

posted by Marc Lankhorst & Adina Aldea on Sep 22, 2016

In several previous blogs, we have outlined how you can use ArchiMate 3 in the context of business architecture and strategy development, such as Capability-Based Planning, and combining it with the Business Motivation Model, the Business Model Canvas and the Balanced Scorecard. In this blog, we continue with the series, looking at how you can describe value chains, value streams, and value networks.

ArchiMate® 3.0 and Customer Journey Maps

posted by Marc Lankhorst & Adina Aldea on Sep 19, 2016

A Customer Journey Map is a useful way to graphically represent the customer experience of an organization. It focuses on the touchpoints that characterize the customers’ interaction with the services of the organization and helps you to optimize this experience.

Change the Way You Handle Change

posted by Peter Matthijssen on Sep 14, 2016

Organizations have always had to adapt in order to stay relevant, but in today’s fast-paced market, change is more necessary than ever. The ‘Digital Enterprise’ requires major business transformations, delivered at speed. The ‘unfreeze-change-refreeze’ model, reasoning from a stable current to a desired future state, no longer applies.

Combining ArchiMate® 3.0 with Other Standards – UML / SysML / ERD

posted by Marc Lankhorst & Joost Niehof on Sep 8, 2016

As we stated in the introduction to this blog series, ArchiMate models can usefully be combined with models in other techniques, in order to zoom in on specific aspects of your enterprise. If these models are tied in to an overall enterprise architecture model in ArchiMate, an integrated model of the enterprise can be constructed that relates (sub)models from formerly separate domains in a meaningful way.