Enterprise Architecture and Agility


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Shahid's comments at the Northern Virginia Technology Council (NVTC) Enterprise Architecture Committee's event on Agile BA and EA.

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Enterprise Architecture and Agility

  1. 1. Chasing business agility using Enterprise Architecture (EA) Common EA pitfalls By Shahid N. Shah, CEO
  2. 2. NETSPECTIVE Who is Shahid? • 20+ years of business/enterprise architecture, design, software engineering, and information assurance (security) in embedded, desktop, and enterprise environments such as – FISMA-regulated government systems – FDA-regulated medical devices and systems – HIPAA-regulated health IT systems • Have held positions at CTO, Chief Architect, or Enterprise Architect in a variety of regulated environments www.netspective.com 2
  3. 3. NETSPECTIVE What’s this talk about? Background • • What it means to chase business agility What happens when we business owners don’t get agility from their Enterprise Architecture (EA) and business architecture (BA) efforts www.netspective.com Key takeaways • • There aren’t perfect scripts to follow for BA/EA success but there are numerous mistakes to avoid Which BA/EA key practices lead to the most success 3
  4. 4. It’s hard to create BA and EA that end-users actually find useful in their pursuit of solving real-world business problems. www.netspective.com 4
  5. 5. NETSPECTIVE How do you know if your business is agile? Agility is hard to define but it’s easy to see when it’s missing Speed of response to new customer needs Mapping of strategic initiatives to customer needs vs. enterprise needs www.netspective.com Permission-oriented culture Value generation efficiency for enterprise initiatives Coupling vs. Teaming between enterprise components Number of Shadow IT systems Business-use EA artifacts vs. tech use artifacts Compliance-focus vs. customer focus 5
  6. 6. NETSPECTIVE What can you measure? If you can’t measure it and can’t document it, does it exist? Customer acquisition, engagement, or retention focused metrics Product roadmap focused metrics Process efficiency metrics www.netspective.com Top line revenue metrics Logistics and product delivery metrics Margin metrics (bottom line) Technical and IT metrics (apps, sunsets, TCO) 6
  7. 7. NETSPECTIVE Focus on the real customer Inside-out focus IT Personnel Unsophisticated and less agile focus www.netspective.com Outside-in focus Corporate Users Partners Corporate Customers Sophisticated and more agile focus 7
  8. 8. Your EA and BA is successful when its activities are pragmatic, fit for purpose, and useful. You’ve failed if you haven’t created a framework for rapid and adaptable decision making. www.netspective.com 8
  9. 9. Visit http://www.netspective.com http://www.healthcareguy.com E-mail shahid.shah@netspective.com Follow @ShahidNShah Call 202-713-5409 Thank You