A company should achieve a certain level of operational transparency, in terms of documenting the core structural elements of its business, before it can embark on a journey of improving operational effectiveness and adding value to the business. The starting point for an Enterprise Architecture (EA) initiative is building a blueprint, essentially, of the company’s Business and IT assets, analysed and mapped using an object-oriented approach.
Interoperability of these assets forms the architectural landscape of your business and enhances the capabilities of your business model, transforming it into a valuable tool for supporting effective management and informed decision-making. Drawing on extensive experience in EA implementations across many different industries, SPIRIT uses the award-winning ARIS value engineering methodology and the market leading ARIS software platform to equip your business with the necessary tools for managing its Enterprise Architecture.
A complete Enterprise Architecture Management (EAM) will cover all the structural “layers” of your business:
Business Architecture (BA): An overview of the organizational structure, the data, the systems and the products & services of your company. A complete, dynamic and multi-level mapping of the end-to-end business processes that form the operational reality of your business. A strategic analysis of the inter-relationships between all the above elements.
Information (Data) Architecture (IA): A structured mapping and decomposition of the data that is flowing across the company, exists in corporate templates, documents and policies and is processed by IT systems in order to deliver the final products or services of your business.
IT Architecture (ITA): A comprehensive analysis of your company’s IT environment, capturing all IT elements and integration aspects, including applications, technologies, equipment, networks and their supporting processes.
The above layers are inter-related and inter-reacting, integrated in a common repository. The outcome is a thorough and dynamic representation of your business, which in conjunction with the extensive reporting capabilities open up tremendous opportunities for operational improvement.
Depending on project objectives, SPIRIT offers detailed process-based analyses that can be leveraged to develop functional requirements for new system implementations and business transformations, as well as complex data specifications for systems integration. Through advanced versioning and other capabilities, the EA can assist with process-based impact analyses for planned changes and ‘to-be states’, as well as deployment of data migration plans.
All the knowledge and information from the EA and the detailed process mapping can be published and shared via a fully customizable intranet or internet portal to all internal and external stakeholders as a common reference point (i.e. an up-to-date operational manual) or for feedback and/or training purposes, as well as for compliance and quality reviewing.