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Value proposition of architecture driven business solutions

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This short presentation makes the case for architecture as the first step, and guiding plan for any business initiative

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  • Excellent overview of the value of architecture...very focused and pertinent. I like the metaphor of the Winchester Mystery House...very apt. I've been using the same in my presentations over the last several years.
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Value proposition of architecture driven business solutions

  1. 1. Doug Walters & Associates Enterprise Architecture Simplified Solutions Delivered Value Proposition of Architecture-Driven Business Solutions
  2. 2. Doug Walters & Associates Enterprise Architecture Simplified Solutions Delivered Current context for Member Organisations Intense pressure to enhance Member Engagement01 Demonstrate Value For Money02 03 Deliver excellent Customer Service All against a background of increasing costs and competitive pressures on revenues.
  3. 3. Doug Walters & Associates Enterprise Architecture Simplified Solutions Delivered “Systems view” of enterprise “High level” City Plan to is analogous “Failing to Plan is Planning to Fail” Planning relates to what you intend to build just like an architect provides the high-level plan for a new city, or, office block.
  4. 4. Doug Walters & Associates Enterprise Architecture Simplified Solutions Delivered Bizarre features  A window built into the floor.  Staircases leading to nowhere.  A chimney that rises four floors .  Doors that open onto blank walls .  Upside down posts.  Estimated cost for constant building over 38 years = US $5.5 million  Equivalent to over $75 million in 2012. you fail to plan, you end up like the Winchester Mystery House, California Winchester Mystery House
  5. 5. Doug Walters & Associates Enterprise Architecture Simplified Solutions Delivered Planning individual systems without regard to how they work with other systems Is like planning of the Mystery House rooms. Each room meticulously planned on paper (even design of the table napkins) But NO Blueprint or Architect's plans for overall endeavour Go Back to Basics Go back to basics, and have a blueprint before embarking on major building project. Key Lesson
  6. 6. Doug Walters & Associates Enterprise Architecture Simplified Solutions Delivered Project sets off and starts to specify detailed requirements and design the solution. Solution is selected and implementation project set up with scope, deadline & budget. Broad requirement is identified (e.g. Membership Management, Case Management). Typical IT Scenario
  7. 7. Doug Walters & Associates Enterprise Architecture Simplified Solutions Delivered Irreconcilable tension between Scope, Time and Money. This discovery period draws out:  Infrastructure inadequacies e.g. network bandwidth, porous website security, out-of- support desktop operating and database systems.  New interfaces to existing systems for data requirements. Typical IT Scenario
  8. 8. Doug Walters & Associates Enterprise Architecture Simplified Solutions Delivered Unsupportable & Costly legacy systems Duplication of systems lead to duplication of functionality leading to complexity & additional cost Legacy applications persist and over time become unsupportable Users & IT know that much of the data is the same in different systems but out of sync Members complain “processes are not joined up” and different processes exist Users and systems make mistakes because every interface is different Incomplete solutions & Failure to de-commission legacy systems “Boil-the-ocean” Projects
  9. 9. Doug Walters & Associates Enterprise Architecture Simplified Solutions Delivered Define a Conceptual Architecture Principles Key values & beliefs to guide actions and decisions regarding Business Solutions Policies High-level statements of what we intend to do with regard to Business Solutions. Standards Of Policy Implementation for methods, tools and technology. Taxonomy Common understanding of key terminology between Business and its Partners. So What to DO? A blueprint is not a detailed specification, but rather an outline at a coarse-grained component level.
  10. 10. Doug Walters & Associates Enterprise Architecture Simplified Solutions Delivered Use this information for planning transformation programmes: • Understand the Total Costs and Capabilities of Current IT. • Understand the Total Costs and Capabilities of Future IT. • Provide Options and Costs for the Implementation Roadmap. The current state identify components to retain & reuse, or upgrade or replace, and identify gaps that must be filled. The target future state in terms of applications, data and infrastructure. Create views (i.e. models)

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