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?

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?

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.

The Value of Enterprise Architecture in Managing Risk, Compliance and Security

posted by Marc Lankhorst on Sep 1, 2016

In this blog post, we discuss the value of an integrated approach to managing risk, compliance and security in the enterprise, using enterprise architecture as a backbone.

Application Portfolio Management: Towards Value-Driven Architecting

posted by Marc Lankhorst & Danny Weinberger on Jul 30, 2016

Many organizations with large legacy application landscapes can no longer postpone a major overhaul of their IT. But how do you avoid creating tomorrow’s legacy today all over again? And how do you spend your IT budget in the most sensible way? Next to appropriate design and development practices (e.g. enterprise architecture, agile and DevOps, as we addressed in our previous blog) you need to manage your application portfolio as a whole, to decide where it is most important to invest.

Enterprise Architecture: Key to Successful Business Transformations

posted by Marc Lankhorst on Jul 14, 2016

In a recent article by McKinsey, they eloquently argued the importance of enterprise architecture for digital transformations. But they also provide some important criticism of the state of practice. To be really effective at supporting digital transformations, many enterprise architecture practices need to change their behavior.

 ArchiMate® 3.0 - Capability Realization

posted by Marc Lankhorst & Adina Aldea on Jul 7, 2016

As we have seen in the previous blog, ArchiSurance wants to establish several new capabilities to support its ‘Digital Customer Intimacy’ strategy, such as Digital Customer Management, Data-Driven Insurance, Data Acquisition, and Data Analysis. Positioning these in the context of its current capabilities leads to the following figure, using the ‘highlight’ function of BiZZdesign Enterprise Studio to emphasize these new elements.