Business Architecture

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Overview

Our business architecture solution lets you describe, understand, and optimize your organizational structure, business processes, and assets, enabling you to:

  • Align business operations with your corporate strategy
  • Track strategy implementation through capabilities
  • Effectively govern organizational transformation

Business architects are responsible for making sure that all of a company’s stakeholders have a shared understanding of its strategy. In transformation programs, resource allocation and risk mitigation must be aligned with that strategy at the execution stage. Business agility and overall performance can be improved only with such a compass in hand.

Business architecture gives managers a clear vision of their organization, their existing and future resources, and how those resources will be engaged in change programs to meet their company’s strategic vision.

Our business architecture solution helps business architects formalize their organization’s strategy, align strategic goals, evaluate assets (like business processes, organizational structure, and applications), and measure business benefits. The solution delivers insight into the potential effects of risks, regulations, standards, and competition on their strategy. Business stakeholders can use those results to drive organizational transformation.

A collaborative workspace, automated workflows, and a shared repository help stakeholders share and circulate decision-ready information, orchestrate initiatives, and ensure full traceability of their activities.

Our business architecture solution was developed to support business architects throughout the enterprise transformation process, and can be configured to fit the structure, method, and constraints of your organization.

Describing assets in relation to your strategy

Our solution creates a shared repository of business assets, giving you a consolidated view of all the key elements of your organization. This view can be shared with all stakeholders and used to identify areas of improvement to help you reach your business goals. You can also describe your strategy and tactics for achieving these goals in the repository, so they can be tracked with indicators and documented through organizational charts and business process diagrams. Our solution employs the Business Motivation Model (BMM) to depict your strategy. And our solution’s graphical tools can be used to generate a variety of views that enhance the descriptions of your organizational charts, business processes, and business vocabulary.

Disseminating information throughout your organization

By giving all stakeholders a shared, consolidated, and easy-to-understand view of your organization’s strategy, structure, business processes, and assets, our solution facilitates collaboration among departments and helps you achieve your business goals. All data are centralized in a single repository, ensuring the information you get is both consistent and reliable. Stakeholders can access the information and request changes or corrections through a web-based interface suited to their particular needs and user profile. A workflow regularly sends out requests for improvements to make sure that the information is continuously up-do-date and to give you the most accurate possible view of your organization. All of these features are designed to make sure your strategy is executed in line with your business goals.

Understanding your strategic strengths and weaknesses

Our solution lets you identify and analyze the potential effects of business changes on your assets, and consequently pinpoint your strengths and weaknesses (giving you an “as-is” view of your organization). Business users can enter details about the life cycles of different elements, specifying for example obsolete business processes or capabilities, faulty business processes or controls, reorganizations underway, and future projects. Risk managers can describe your organization’s risk profile with respect to your strategy and goals, thereby supporting the asset analysis. Our solution can generate reports that let you track progress on projects underway. These features will give you a clear, accurate view of the state of your assets.

Optimizing assets to achieve your goals

With our solution, you can outline the business architecture you would like to achieve (giving you a “to be” view of your organization), in order to effectively govern organizational transformation; i.e., changes in strategy or measures to achieve set targets. Our solution has features that let you assess elements of your target business processes, organizational structure, and planned projects to make sure they are in line with your business goals.

Our business architecture solution is powered by HOPEX, our signature platform. It helps ensure that all stakeholders are working toward the same goals and supporting your organization’s enterprise governance strategy.
As part of our digital transformation lineup, our business architecture solution gives you actionable data, information, and metrics to inform and manage business transformation decisions.

Features

Our business architecture solution is powered by HOPEX, our enterprise governance platform that integrates all of our solutions. Secure data access, workflows, automated documentation, reporting, and dashboarding can be configured for each type of user role. Our solution is designed to support business architects, enterprise architects, risk managers, and project managers at every stage of the enterprise transformation process.

A collaborative workspace and shared repository ensure that all data related to your strategy, goals, objectives, and target operating model are shared, traceable, and secure.

Our solution’s standard configuration is based on international standards like TOGAF and the Business Model Canvas, and on best practices set forth by industry organizations and standard bodies. It also draws on our extensive experience in business architecture. Our business architecture solution can be configured to fit your organization’s particular structure and methods.

1. Describing assets in relation to your strategy

Formalizing your business strategy

  • The solution  generates models of your strategy, tactics, goals, targets, internal standards, and procedures
  • Details are added at different levels: organization, department, and project
  • The Business Motivation Model (BMM) is used to generate graphical depictions of your strategy

Describing different views

  • Views of your businesses’ strategy, capabilities, knowledge, operations, and organizational structure are generated
  • Your organizational structure is depicted “as-is” through organizational charts and matrices
  • Business process and organizational models are developed
  • Models of functional and organizational data are developed
  • Graphs of stakeholder responsibilities are used to identify the relationships among them

Entering capability models

  • The various required capability levels are specified
  • Value chain models are developed
  • Your organizational structure and business processes are aligned with your strategy and capability map

Establishing indicators

  • A list is created of various indicators
  • Key threshold and alert levels are associated with each indicator

2. Disseminating information throughout your organization

Sharing the repository

  • Approved elements are sent out through a workflow
  • Proposed changes are accepted or rejected through a workflow

Navigating through the repository

  • Employees navigate through the repository via a web-based interface tailored to their user profile 
  • Requests for changes (RFCs) or improvements to content are sent through a workflow
  • Indicator graphs and analytical and summary reports are displayed

Generating documentation

  • Documents can be generated in Word, Excel, PDF, and HTML format

3. Understanding your strategic strengths and weaknesses

Evaluating assets “as-is”

  • Process and organizational life cycles are assessed by an expert or through assessment campaigns
  • Reports are generated to assess capabilities relative to strategic goals
  • Costs are incorporated into the capability view

Tracking changes

  • Reports are used to track progress and action plans

Consolidating information

  • Asset relevance and strategic risk levels are automatically calculated
  • Necessary upgrades and transformations are identified based on measurements from prior years

4. Optimizing assets to achieve your goals

Aligning with your business strategy

  • Results from the analysis phase are used to prioritize organizational initiatives and transformation projects
  • Targets are established based on strategic milestones

Assessing your “to be” organizational structure

  • Portfolios of business initiatives are created within the solution
  • Elements of the target organizational structure are assessed according to costs and strategic risks

Implementing your business strategy

  • Roadmaps are generated from a gap analysis
  • Action plans are implemented based on select capabilities and tactics
  • A workflow is used to approve implementation of the target strategy, organizational structure, and business processes

Benefits

Business architects are responsible for making sure that all of a company’s stakeholders have a shared understanding of its strategy. In transformation programs, resource allocation and risk mitigation must be aligned with that strategy at the execution stage. Business agility and overall performance can be improved only with such a compass in hand.

Our business architecture solution helps business architects describe, understand, and optimize organizational structures, business processes, and assets, so that your organization can:

Align business operations with your corporate strategy

Our solution gives you a clear, consolidated view of your company’s strategy, goals, and target operating models. Thanks to detailed, documented descriptions of all these elements, you can make sure that they are consistent with your organizational structure, business processes, and assets. The information can be designed and viewed in either list or graphical form to align your assets and resources with the goals and initiatives set forth by senior management. You can also use the information to facilitate communication and deliver decision-ready material to support and justify transformation scenarios and action plans. Our solution can help you make sure that your organizational structure, business processes, IT assets, and IT projects fit in with your overall strategy in a coherent manner. A collaborative workspace and shared repository bring all information together in a single database, so all stakeholders draw from a single, shared version of your operations. Stakeholders can access a consolidated view of your organization through a web-based interface tailored to the needs of each user profile. With our solution, you can undertake large-scale transformation programs securely, with the ability to mitigate inherent risks and reconsider scenarios if and when business conditions change.

Track strategy implementation through capabilities

Because our solution provides clear, reliable information to all stakeholders, everyone is sure to understand your organization’s strategy and goals. This information is communicated across your organization via a web-based interface tailored to each user profile, encouraging all stakeholders to play an active role in strategy implementation – while taking into account business capabilities, constraints, costs, and deadlines. And because our solution lets you track key indicators related to strategy, agility, performance, risks, and controls, you can check whether your strategy is being executed according to plan on a daily basis.

Effectively manage organizational transformation

Our solution gives you the information you need to make knowledgeable decisions about your organization’s strategy and the underlying projects. Because all information is consolidated into a shared repository, the data used to generate reports and dashboards are consistent and reliable – allowing you to select projects based on cost and strategic risk criteria. Our solution also lets you create and manage a portfolio of business initiatives. Features enabling you to assess your target organizational structure, business processes, and potential projects help you make sure that they are all supporting your strategic goals. These features all work together to guarantee that your strategy is implemented effectively – and produces the desired results.

Our business architecture solution is powered by HOPEX, our signature platform. It helps ensure that all stakeholders are working toward the same goals and supporting your organization’s enterprise governance strategy. As part of our digital transformation lineup, our business architecture solution gives you actionable data, information, and metrics to inform and manage business transformation decisions.

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