Can your systems handle current and future load? Are you using the right technology? Are your applications providing the right level of business value? Are you suffering from poor time-to-market and high maintenance costs?
Collaborative’s enterprise architecture consulting assessment and strategy services are designed to help you answer these questions and more. We combine extensive enterprise architecture consulting experience with your specific business needs and environment to help you determine the right architecture and technology.
Step 1: Understanding (Getting Started)
This step involves developing an Enterprise Architecture Charter and Communication Plan, as well as establishing metrics used to verify and measure business value. This step also includes understanding and identifying the business and IT capabilities and mapping the relationship between them to identify gaps.
Step 2: Develop Future State Architecture
The next step in the process is to analyze the operating model, business strategy, IT strategy, and gap analysis between business and IT capabilities and define the future state architecture. Included in this step is defining the guiding architectural principles and standards to be used throughout the organization, analyzing the current state architecture for purposes of identifying gaps, and then developing the architecture models associated with the future state architecture. This step also includes developing the iterative transition plan and prioritization model for the future state architecture.
Step 3: Execute Architecture Transition Plan
This step involves executing the projects specified in each iteration of the Transition Plan. Each iteration of the transition plan will specify the projects and the expected outcomes of the iteration in terms of business value and capabilities achieved.
Step 4: Architecture Governance
Governance is a critical part of the program and continues well after the future state architecture has been achieved. This step involves establishing the architecture review board and identifying the responsibility matrix for decisions and variance approvals. Part of the governance program also includes an architecture vitality program to ensure the principles and architecture established is still meeting the needs of the business. Metrics are also analyzed in this program to ensure continual business value.
Enterprise Wide Architecture
Collaborative’s enterprise wide architecture assessment and Strategy focuses on a higher-level holistic architecture view at the enterprise level. This includes architecture styles such as service-oriented architecture, event-driven architecture, resource-driven architecture, with a focus on risk management, interoperability, application rationalization.
Collaborative’s application architecture assessment and strategy focuses on architectural aspects at the application level for both web-based and server-based applications. This level of assessment looks at the components of an application, how they are structured, and how they interact with each other.
Systems Integration Architecture
Collaborative’s systems integration assessment and strategy focuses on the integration and interoperability aspects of a system, including both open source and commercial enterprise service bus technologies, messaging bus technologies, systems integration technologies, data transformation, and file-based transfer mechanisms.