Is IT Transforming Your Business?
Tom Philbin
Sr. Enterprise Architect
October 2013
2
2 messages for
you today
1.

The story of IT
Strategy &
Architecture at Dell

2. Dell’s approach and
how you can do
someth...
By the Numbers: Strategy & Architecture
32
Acquisitions
since 2006
60%+
Application
Rationalization
since 2008

83%
Defect...
Explosive Growth + Strategic Shift = IT Complexity
Handful of applications

Approx. 6,500 applications

Our approach to EA...
Dell IT’s
Approach to
Transformation

6
Our Architecture Method: Enabling strategic outcomes
Strategy
1

5
6

Understanding Dell’s
business needs and IT’s
value p...
Our Architecture Method: Enabling strategic outcomes
Strategy
1

Understanding Dell’s
business needs and IT’s
value propos...
EA Specializations: From Concept to Outcomes

9

EA Skills Based on
EA-specialization overlay of Key EA Deliverables:
IT Strategic Plan

IT Strategic Plan

Table of Contents
1. Business-Enab...
A Common Strategic Language
Definition

Examples

Top-level changes required for
Dell’s long-term profit-

Strategy

optim...
EA-specialization overlay of Key EA Deliverables:
End State Reference Architecture (ESRA)

End State
Reference
Architectur...
EA-specialization overlay of Key EA Deliverables:
Architecture Strategy Document (ASD)

Application 1
Interface (informati...
EA-specialization overlay of Key EA Deliverables:
Program Architecture Document (PAD)

Framework
Based on

14

EA Skills B...
CLOSING???

15
Thank You!
Tom Philbin
Sr. Enterprise Architect
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Is IT Transforming Your Business?

  1. 1. Is IT Transforming Your Business? Tom Philbin Sr. Enterprise Architect October 2013
  2. 2. 2
  3. 3. 2 messages for you today 1. The story of IT Strategy & Architecture at Dell 2. Dell’s approach and how you can do something similar 3
  4. 4. By the Numbers: Strategy & Architecture 32 Acquisitions since 2006 60%+ Application Rationalization since 2008 83% Defect removal efficiency (DRE) 4 New business models; multiple channels 4
  5. 5. Explosive Growth + Strategic Shift = IT Complexity Handful of applications Approx. 6,500 applications Our approach to EA has simplified our environment to less than 2,400 apps while supporting an increasingly complex business. 5
  6. 6. Dell IT’s Approach to Transformation 6
  7. 7. Our Architecture Method: Enabling strategic outcomes Strategy 1 5 6 Understanding Dell’s business needs and IT’s value proposition (ITSP) EA Consulting Services Architecture Oversight 7 Goal 2 3 so we can define our architectural goal (ESRA), and produce both a Program Architecture 3-5 yr Plan long term, low-fidelity strategic architecture plan (ASD) and then a 4 high-fidelity program architecture enabling strategic delivery (PAD)
  8. 8. Our Architecture Method: Enabling strategic outcomes Strategy 1 Understanding Dell’s business needs and IT’s value proposition (ITSP) Goal 2 3 so we can define our architectural goal (ESRA), and produce both a Program Architecture 3-5 yr Plan long term, low-fidelity strategic architecture plan (ASD) and then a 4 high-fidelity program architecture enabling strategic delivery (PAD) SO WHAT? What does this mean to your stakeholders? BU & Functional Leaders: “When will I get what I need to realize my strategy?” 8 IT Leaders: “How can IT best-enable business strategy?”
  9. 9. EA Specializations: From Concept to Outcomes 9 EA Skills Based on
  10. 10. EA-specialization overlay of Key EA Deliverables: IT Strategic Plan IT Strategic Plan Table of Contents 1. Business-Enabling Strategy 2. IT Foundational Strategy 10 EA Skills Based on = Primary accountability
  11. 11. A Common Strategic Language Definition Examples Top-level changes required for Dell’s long-term profit- Strategy optimization Independently-valuable business outcome. Subset of a Enabler Gap Project/ Program (grouped into ASD-Transitions) 11 strategy. When all enablers are delivered, a strategy is realized. Gap Changes that, when grouped together, deliver a business enabler: (Laser-focused, Cross-functional) Managed set of resources that deliver a defined scope (e.g. close gaps). Has a beginning and end; proceeds according to a schedule. • System X and Y need to change • Business process needs to change (e.g. sales processes)
  12. 12. EA-specialization overlay of Key EA Deliverables: End State Reference Architecture (ESRA) End State Reference Architecture Table of Contents 1. 2. 3. 4. Business Architecture Solution Architecture Information Architecture Infrastructure Architecture Framework Based on 12 EA Skills Based on = Primary accountability
  13. 13. EA-specialization overlay of Key EA Deliverables: Architecture Strategy Document (ASD) Application 1 Interface (information) Application 2 Framework Based on 13 EA Skills Based on = Primary accountability
  14. 14. EA-specialization overlay of Key EA Deliverables: Program Architecture Document (PAD) Framework Based on 14 EA Skills Based on = Primary accountability
  15. 15. CLOSING??? 15
  16. 16. Thank You! Tom Philbin Sr. Enterprise Architect
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