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Business Agility and IT


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Achieving business agility as IT partners through business and enterprise architecture.

Achieving business agility as IT partners through business and enterprise architecture.

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  • 1. Business Agility and IT Achieving business agility through IT
  • 2. • Understanding EA • Structuring an Architect Organization • Exploring Frameworks and Methodologies Session Overview
  • 3. Topic: What is Business Agility  Agility is the ability to react quickly to change  Business agility  The ability to respond quickly to changing business conditions  These changes are potentially limitless
  • 4. Topic: Business Agility Example  Retail organizations and internet sales  Pharmaceuticals and crowdsourcing  Marketing changes including social networking
  • 5. Topic: What Business Is Not  Business agility is not  The ability to change your business without reason  The ability to change user interfaces quickly  The ability to respond to a stakeholder’s desires
  • 6. Topic: IT and Business Agility  IT often hinders business agility  Lack of manageability and flexibility in systems  Lack of credible financial understanding  Lack of effective business context management  IT needs business technology not information technology
  • 7. Topic: IT Agility  To provision for quick change 1. Decide your agility principles 2. Manage business change 3. Ensure you have the people 4. Develop flexible systems 5. Practice effective architecture Management Systems Architecture People
  • 8. Topic: Agile IT Management  Agile Management is business and people focused  Remove all unnecessary documentation  Work directly with your teams – flatten hierarchy  Educate staff including other business units  Focus efforts on clearly understanding business context  Probable impacts – more issues in production, low values for other quality attributes
  • 9. Topic: Business Technology People  Have business and technical skills  Know how to calculate value of solutions  Know that business is technology and technology is business  Constantly refresh skills and technology base
  • 10. Topic: Agile Systems  Flexible and Extensible Systems are characterized by  High levels of decoupling  Externalized business rules  Minimalist design  Elegant OO coding  Minimalist infrastructure  High levels of virtualization  Configuration based change
  • 11. Topic: Effective Architecture  Architects are trained and certified  Demonstrate and implement the Technology Value Environment  Ensure technology matches principles  Owns value generation from technology as investment  Develops strategy components and design elements