In Today’s dynamic Business Environment, companies need a coherent Governance Framework to efficiently incorporate constant changes into their operating model
Building your company’s Enterprise Architecture is more complex than it may initially appear. The journey to operational excellence requires continuous effort and commitment and more often than not senior management and other stakeholders lose their “EA vision” along the way and as a result fail to seize the benefits of the resulting knowledge gained.
The necessary next step for companies that have developed their “operational blueprint” is to define and implement a structure to govern their ever-changing environment and set optimization goals for the future. This structure encompasses a set of roles, processes and tools to efficiently control (and manage changes to) the company’s Enterprise Architecture, in order to maintain the necessary accuracy and transparency required by any ongoing improvement (or auditing) initiatives.
Enterprise Architecture (EA) and Enterprise Architecture Governance (EAG) efforts are complimentary and should therefore be coordinated and intertwined during the entire course of an Enterprise Architecture Management project (especially so during its final stage). Without clear governance roles and processes in place, the “EA vision” cannot be met. A robust governance scheme enables:
- the establishment of optimal processes for making decisions and assigning decision rights
- the identification and engagement of the relevant stakeholders
- the implementation of effective feedback mechanisms to help manage (organizational) change
Just like any other process, the ‘process management’ (i.e. governance) process itself must be clearly defined, continuously monitored and where possible automated. SPIRIT uses the ARIS methodology and software to model governance processes, define clear governance roles and responsibilities and introduce automations wherever manual tasks can be replaced or enhanced for more flexibility (e.g. workflow system for change management, document management, change request processing, new IT request processing etc).