Information Driven Enterprise Architecture – LoQutus' approach
Author: Evert Deweer
"In order to strategically transform the IT landscape, you need a holistic overview with business context."
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Evert Deweer is the Lead Strategist of the LoQutus Enterprise Architecture team, with more than 18 years experience in business as well as technological domains in large-scale complex IT environments. Nowadays he guides multinationals as well as governmental organizations through digitalization challenges.
Imagine - what if the Digital Age wiped out your company? Digital transformation provides opportunities and challenges for companies of every size. Successful companies realize that it is far more than an IT topic. More than ever, it becomes indispensable to create transparency in the relation between business and IT.
By redirecting the EA [Enterprise Architecture - Ed.] focus to a lean, collaborative approach with an information driven, agile-minded, forward thinking, problem solving viewpoint, our Enterprise Architects provide measurable value for our clients. Our experts are valuable sparring partners of decision makers in your company, who form the backbone of digital transformation.
CHALLENGES OF TODAY
INGREDIENTS OF A MODERN, LEAN ENTERPRISE ARCHITECTURE MANAGEMENT (EAM) PRACTICE
The base of a modern, lean EAM is shaped by the following core properties:
EAM for everyone instead of building complex models.
The core digital competencies of a company are inherently distributed. A central EA team will fail if they want to bear the brunt of the work all by themselves. As a consequence, EA must be made accessible for everyone within the company, in a way that you do not need a Ph.D. to understand a complex meta model.
Doing things instead of fearing failure.
In an area where experimentation, courage to allow failure, and short time-to-market are core ingredients for organizational success, it’s not enough to only have governance-oriented gatekeepers. Particularly the example of slow IT and fast IT proves that EAs [Enterprise Architects - Ed.] can be facilitators of this culture, even when dealing with legacy systems.
EAM as communication vehicle rather than as font of all wisdom.
What EAM can learn from knowledge management in that its main goal is not to answer questions, but to connect people. If people know who to ask about a certain topic, it is easy for them to connect all the dots themselves. Why is a modern, lean EAM indispensable for modern IT-driven companies? The cases above all shared the importance of transparency and collaboration. Without transparency companies are wandering around in the dark instead of advancing their business. Only when companies manage to foster collaboration and create a shared knowledge platform, decentralized EA experts can achieve digital excellence.
Using our innovative EA modeling services, we provide a 360° view of the business & IT landscape.
SAVE THE DATE
LoQutus organizes an inspiring event on Thursday 25th of October at 18:00 where our unique information driven approach will be presented. An invitation will follow soon.
LoQutus is a LeanIX partner, providing innovative EA modelling services.
Written by Evert Deweer, Lead Strategist Enterprise Architecture at LoQutus.
Edited by Dries Lamont, Marketing Manager at LoQutus.