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Simple Toolkit for an Information Enabled EA

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The Challenge: Most EA implementations suffer from information deficit to make clear decisions. Usually funding is a problem for dedicated EA initiatives.

Lessons learnt: This presentation takes the audience through a pragmatic approach using everyday tools to enable EA with the much needed information to make wise decisions. This will include options of using out of the shelf software but mostly focus on how to make use of everyday tools along with Archimate. The core theme is around making small wins to enable large scale transformation in the functioning of EA.

Successes: Examples of small wins include reduction in time to document current state through templates and frameworks. Reduction in time lag between actual change and current state views through enabling processes. A vision of how a virtual team working together to keep the EA information life cycle alive through right-skilling and right-spending.

Result: A fully functional, high performance EA without the bureaucracy and information inadequacy.

Intended audience: CIO, Enterprise Architects, Senior IT professionals

Key takeaways:

Information enabled Architecture is a an achievable vision (EA process, EA skills)
Build Architecture maturity incrementally (EA repository)
Practical examples of information enabled EA (visual EA views and viewpoints)

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Simple Toolkit for an Information Enabled EA

  1. 1. Simple Tools to an Information Enabled EA Madhu Dharmarajan Presented at OpenGroup Conference Malaysia 2014
  2. 2. About Me • Enterprise Architect in Singapore helping businesses adapt technology as an enabler to drive – Business operation efficiency – Business performance improvement – Business change effectiveness • The foundation of my experience is Enterprise Architecture in Banking, Financial Services and Corporate Services with 16 years of technology experience of which 10 years has been in Architecture
  3. 3. Session Overview Why • Most EA implementations suffer from information deficit to make actionable decisions. • Usually funding is a problem for dedicated EA initiatives. • Value of EA is not well understood What • Actionable Insights • Dynamic Views • Anything on a page • Overlays How • Distributed EA process and federated EA skills • EA repository ++ • Powerful visual EA views and viewpoints
  4. 4. Problems with EA Implementations 1. Technology solutions alone cannot solve the Information deficit faced by EA. 2. EA Repositories are great for structured data; Architects deal with more complex unstructured information. 3. Architecture is the custodian of the Enterprise IT landscape.
  5. 5. Information Enabler Dimensions Information Enabled EA Tools Data Process People Operating Model
  6. 6. Actionable Insights • EA Repositories provide the content • Architect embeds content in the context to visualize actionable insights • Leading decisions through Views • Tool: Brainstorming / Mindmaps, Archimate views, Context Diagrams, Workshops • Data: Environment, Business Model, Stakeholder concerns • Process: Decision making • People & Roles: Business Analysts, Architects, Business Sponsor Content Embed Context Sites running on other systems Standalone Sites Sites connected using System LinkCountry 4 (Manual Link) Sites directly connected to Site 1 v5.7Sys 1 Controller Type 2 2 Controller Type 1 0 workstation 2 Serial Readers 69 Ethernet Readers 0 Central Database 1 Site 3 v5.7Sys 1 Controller Type 2 2 Controller Type 1 0 workstation 1 Serial Readers 52 Ethernet Readers 0 Central Database 0 Site 4 v5.7Sys 1 Controller Type 2 0 Controller Type 1 0 workstation 1 Serial Readers 0 Ethernet Readers 23 Central Database 0 Site 5 v5.7Sys 1 Controller Type 2 2 Controller Type 1 0 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  7. 7. Dynamic Views • A dysfunctional organization of data is a product of varying Velocity of it’s agents. • Bring disparate data together to make context sensitive views. Vision Visibility Velocity • Tool: Custom Stencils, Realtime Pivots, Archimate Viewpoints • Data: Current, Transition and Future States • Process: Entire Lifecycle • People & Roles: Business Heads, Enterprise Architects, Delivery Architects Front to Back View ToptoDownView End-to-End Process Domains [BUSINESS] Layeredlevelsofabstraction [PROJECTS]
  8. 8. Anything on a page • If Architecture can’t simplify, nobody else can. • A simplified message needs additional sophistication in the Architects’ toolkit. Complex Information Sophistication Simple Messages • Tool: Brainstorming, Business Model Canvas, Powerpoint, Infographic • Data: Current State, Change Agenda, • Process: Innovation, Impact Analysis, • People & Roles: Business Analysts, Architects, Sponsor
  9. 9. Overlays • Overlays mimic physical reality; the way we perceive the changing landscape. • Knowing the impacted current capabilities is half way to the solution. • Tool: Visio Layers, Enterprise on a page, • Data: Current State, Change Agenda, • Process: Design Process, Future State and Roadmapping • People & Roles: Analysts, Architects, Delivery 02/07/2007 14/07/2015 CEASE HOLD EXISTING ProLiant DL360 G3 Windows 2003 SP2 Web Prod MY Web Node 2 02/07/2007 14/07/2015 CEASE HOLD EXISTING ProLiant DL360 G3 Windows 2003 SP2 Web Prod MY Web Node 1 01/01/2050 10/07/2018 BUY BUY VIRTUAL MACHINE Windows 2008 R2 Web Prod MY Application Node 1 01/01/2050 10/07/2018 BUY BUY VIRTUAL MACHINE Windows 2008 R2 Web Prod MY Application Node 2 01/09/2015 10/07/2018 01/07/2019 HOLD OBSOLESCENT BUY Buy ProLiant DL380 G7 Windows 2008 R2 MS SQL SERVER10.0.5768 DB S Prod MY Database Node 2 01/09/2015 10/07/2018 01/07/2019 HOLD OBSOLESCENT BUY Buy ProLiant DL380 G7 Windows 2008 R2 MS SQL SERVER10.0.5768 DB S Prod MY Database Node 1
  10. 10. Summary Points to Ponder • Information enabled Architecture is an achievable vision (EA process, EA skills) • Build Architecture maturity incrementally and dynamically (EA repository) • Practical examples of information enabled EA (visual EA views and viewpoints) How will I know if it works? • Reduction in time to document current state through templates and frameworks. • Reduction in lead time from actual change to up-to-date current state views through enabling processes. • A virtual team collaborating to keep the EA information life cycle alive. A good foundation using TOGAF and Archimate enables the Information Flow. The value of EA itself is created through an information enabled EA in practice. This needs…

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