Let’s assume digital transformation is your priority. The civilized world is buzzing with excitement over everything “digital” can do for their business. It’s the answer to everything. Want to reduce costs? Digital. Want to improve the customer experience? Digital. Looking for ways to increase revenues? Digital. While that’s an absurd oversimplification, there’s some truth in there. The question is, how do you know where and when to digital? You need a map and a plan, and that’s what an effective enterprise architecture program is going to provide.
I often describe enterprise architecture as being a GPS for your business. You can create what-if scenarios to compare strategic plans and determine which is most appropriate for your organization at this time. Once you’ve decided on a destination, your EA GPS will provide turn-by-turn instructions on where you are now, where you want to go, and how you’re going to get there. It can also make you aware of what resources you’ll need and have access to along the way, what risks and/or obstacles you’re likely to encounter, and how to navigate around them to arrive at your strategic destination.
If enterprise architecture can provide the visibility and supporting information to achieve strategic goals, why aren’t more companies investing more aggressively in EA practitioners and tools? Continuing to choose spreadsheets and static diagrams as the source of record for your EA initiatives is like choosing a gas station map in the glove compartment instead of a GPS. Is this information still accurate? Who knows – at least the map was cheap, right?
Let’s continue this analogy for a moment. What if you could make more money if you arrived at your destination more quickly and better prepared than your competition? Would you still choose the gas station map over the GPS? What if I told you your competition was using the latest GPS?
This workbook walks you through six steps to help you build a business case for business transformation using enterprise architecture. Each step involves fill-in-the-blank questions so that the resulting business case is based on the unique requirements and goals of your organization.
Here’s another benefit. If you’re working for a company that already understands the true value of enterprise architecture and you’ve got executive buy-in, you can use this same workbook as a charter for your EA program to ensure everyone is aligned on everything is moving in the right direction.