Adopting an Enterprise Architecture Framework for a Successful Transformation Journey
The rise of new technologies adoption moves in customer needs have resulted many organisations to experience changes and these changes are vital to keep the business running. Enterprise Architecture (EA) has always been an important methodology to translate business requirements into technology requirements and display the relationship between the whole organisation and individual systems. It is used to develop, implement and sustain an architecture foundation of any digital transformation journey which also help in executing the business strategies effectively and envisioning the future IT model.
Digital Transformation & Enterprise Architecture
EA frameworks are the principle and practices that will continue to deliver the EA benefits in the digital IT era. EA is the reason why businesses thrive off change because they want to stay relevant. EA frameworks are created to guide organisations in defining the current and future objectives and to identify the capabilities in getting businesses from where they are to where they want to be in the future. Since different organisations have different technology needs, EA frameworks are not limited to only one type of methodology. Different EA frameworks are formed in order to accommodate businesses and technology based on their needs.
Implement a Digital IT Architecture with TOGAF
One of the recognised EA frameworks is “The Open Group Architecture Framework – TOGAF”. TOGAF is a complete architecture framework that will support and encourage IT strategy in a systematic and structured way. It will be able to assist and support all elements of digital agility that is aligned with the IT strategy. TOGAF can help organisations to be more organised in terms of across departmental IT efforts by defining the requirements before starting a project. The framework will be able to create an integrated environment that is receptive to change and can deliver business strategy seamlessly.
Figure 1: TOGAF Architecture Development Method (ADM)
The figure above is implemented to develop a successful EA that will meet the business and technology needs of an organisation. It assists in terms of describing a method for developing and managing the lifecycle of EA in the organisation, and forms the core of TOGAF which may be tailored to the organisational needs. TOGAF Architecture Development Method (ADM) guides architects and organisations in the development and delivery of architectures.
TOGAF focuses on the clear and well-established language, well-defined process and the necessary assets. With a thorough understanding of each focus area, TOGAF is able to maintain the progress to meet the business goal with as little room as possible for errors. With clear and well-established language, everyone in the organisation will be on the same page and the objectives are easier to understand. A well-defined process will ensure the resources to be utilised effectively during the implementation of the EA project. When focusing on the necessary assets, TOGAF can assist the organisation to achieve a demonstrable ROI.
Even with any framework, it is always recommended to start small. TOGAF comes with 7 different elements which involve structures and processes. But not every element of TOGAF has to be adopted and implemented. Follow the specific needs and focus of the organisation and concentrate on what need to be adapted first specifically to the business. This way, the framework can be implemented with less risks. In the digital IT era, many organisations look for efficiency and effective operations in order to align with the digital transformation program. With TOGAF, more efficient and effective IT operations can be developed during the transformation initiative. Digitalising of organisations requires better IT operations for a smooth journey that can reduce risks in the future which will ensure to increase the productivity of business operations.
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Author: Aaron Tan Dani
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Aaron Tan Dani, Chief Architect of ATD Solution [email protected]
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