Digital Business: Designing For the Future, An Editorial Spotlight Join us for a fireside chat with the BIL-T Conference Committee, where they will reflect on takeaways from the event as well as what it means to the strategy and structure of organizations. They will also explore the role of architects in creating and transforming organizations for the future.
The type of problem you are facing steers how much control you can expect It is a common assumption that all problems are the same, but this is not correct: Building a bridge have very little in common with raising a child. Architects work traditionally with complicated matters but are moving to a high degree into working with complex issues, in short the closer to technology the more complicated, the closer to strategy the more complex. This topic will focus on how to translate business strategy into tactics and how that requires designing for complexity and adaptation rather than efficiency. [...]
Enterprise Cloud Transformation Patterns and Pitfalls Technology vendors have been promoting Cloud technology for over a decade, yet mainstream Cloud adoption varies across industries and in the public and private sector. Why is government slow on the uptake relative to the private sector and how has Cloud effected the technology and IT services supply chain? In this presentation Peter will outline his experience before and after Cloud went mainstream and its effect on system integrators, consulting firms, start-ups and the public sector. Peter will share his observations and experience of patterns and anti-patterns for Cloud Enterprise Transformation. [...]
Architecture as an enabler of business model innovation The recent era of Digital Transformation has fueled the most significant wave of technology investment of past decade. As the hype cycle has evolved and is finally bottoming out, there has been a noticeable shift in thinking about transformation. The initial frenzy to treat it with a dose of technology, has given way to a maturing realization that: •Digital is not in the technology; it is in the customer. The real imperative is in addressing the increasingly sophisticated digital demands of customers and keeping pace with the constantly evolving digital offerings of [...]
What are the failure points of Digital Transformation (DT)? How Enterprise Architecture can assist in increasing the success of DT. Technology is inevitable for the existence of private or public organizations. Due to the change in the procurement of technology from upfront cost, aka Capital expenditure to pay as you go, aka Operation expenditure acquisition of technology is seamless for an organization. The acceptance of social media in business, reliable, affordable mobile networks (4G), state of the art smartphones are accelerating the digital transformation as inevitable rather than an option. Unfortunately, 85 % of organizations fail in their journey as per [...]
Architecting Social Systems This session will outline some of the distinctive elements involved in architecting social (animate) systems as opposed to mechanistic (inanimate) systems, with practical examples, that have proven to be critical to success in architecting enterprises (as opposed to architecting IT systems used by enterprises). We will explore some important terminology, key principles, helpful practices and useful reference models. An “interactive” approach will be taken, within the limits of a virtual event!
Modernizing Your Enterprise Architecture Way of Working (WoW) No matter how smart we are, no matter how brilliant our strategy is, no matter how modern our models are they are all for naught if we’re unable to engage effectively with the rest of our organization. The session explores how to apply the Disciplined Agile (DA) toolkit and the Architectural Thinking Framework (ATF) as a foundation for choosing a way of working (WoW) for enterprise architecture within an organization. We must embrace collaborative and evolutionary strategies for architecture at both the team and enterprise levels so that enterprise architects can engage with [...]
Complex Systems: Architecting an AI Data Platform for the Pharma Industry As a drug moves through its life cycle from the research lab to commercialization and distribution, it picks up a lot of data along the way. Some of this data is structured, but close to 80% may be unstructured. Also, data collected outside the clinical trial ecosystem – such as from claims, wearables, and social media – is growing very fast. Such data is proving critical for managing the drug lifecycle effectively. Traditionally, we have to manually extract data to convert it to digital form first, before we can leverage [...]
Can EA be Based on Business Strategy: 4 Lessons for Architects We commonly accept that Enterprise Architecture is informed by business strategy. This assumption is deeply embedded in our mainstream methodologies, so why do so many architectural projects go wrong at great operational and financial cost? Our research found that contrary to claims on the critical importance of the business strategy for EA, this claim cannot be substantiated which raises questions on the actual significance and value of business strategy as an input for EA initiatives. We found that there are four fundamental preconditions that must be assessed before commencing any [...]
From Strategy to Execution - Mastering the Missing Link Understanding and designing business strategy and change is the first step, but statistics suggest that only about 30% of strategies are successfully executed, and most leaders agree that executing on strategy is one of the weakest links of enterprise leadership. There are many reasons for this – change is hard, culture is resistant – but also, strategy is often not articulated well enough or unambiguously enough to drive initiative planning. And even if it is, many businesses don’t know enough about their current state and current capabilities to identify gaps, overlaps, synergies, [...]