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Enterprise Architecture: The CIO’s Snow Blower of Business Innovation

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The CIO's Snow Blower of Business Innovation

Growing up in New England, shoveling the driveway was a dreadful family affair that took place every winter (or whenever the snow decided to stop coming). Bright and early we’d strap on the layers, grab a shovel, and be gone for the remainder of the day helping family and neighbors dig out. Any work that needed to get done was put on hold until the groundhog decided he wasn’t afraid of his shadow, and spring could melt our problems away.

Then one magical day, Dad bought a snow blower. It no longer took the entire family, and the whole day, to dig our way to freedom! One person could man the machine and be done by lunchtime. In the meantime, the rest of the family could contribute to improving the house and other daily chores. Take that, Old Man Winter.

You’re organization has seen the light! Finally, IT has a seat at the table of business innovation! Now you don’t just have the mundane task of clearing snow, you have a say in ways to improve your beautiful home.

CIO: “Great! Do I get more resources and budget?

CEO: “No. Same budget, same resources, and increased expectations.”

You’re going to need a snow blower - you need enterprise architecture.

“The way organizations engage with and understand their customers leads the list of areas that will be changed the most by IT-enabled innovation” - The Enterprisers Project Business Transformation and the CIO Role

In a recent survey done by Harvard Business Review, nearly 70% of the organizations polled claimed IT – enabled innovation will change the way employees do their work, transform products they deliver, and restructure their current business models.

A successful EA practice gives CIOs the visibility needed to streamline their current resources and operations, and enable their team to realize, and achieve, game changing business innovations. Here are some ways CIOs have used enterprise architecture to rationalize resources (time, people, costs) to execute on more current, and evolutionary, business outcomes:

  • Streamline internal operations by having full visibility into the data flows and information exchanges throughout the organization so you can streamline internal operations.
  • Prioritize projects and investments by correlating architectural projects and initiatives to current business goals.
  • Reduce the amount of resources needed for customer service departments to support multiple offerings by leveraging a successful business architecture practice.
  • Recognize opportunities to cut IT costs and still deliver the same capabilities to the business by utilizing IT architecture to identify redundancy in process and architecture.

Depending on where you live, snow is a part of life. Bringing in the right tool to help us quickly navigate past the cleanup and allow us to open opportunities for fun and adventure was a game changer at my house. With enterprise architecture, you can execute on the above (and many other opportunities) to change your IT department from a support center to a workforce that is able to execute on business strategies and realize opportunities for your organization to evolve in ways that are currently invisible to the business. Once you’re able to manage complexity, let it snow!

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Growing up in New England, shoveling the driveway was a dreadful family affair that took place every winter (or whenever the snow decided to stop coming). Bright and early we’d strap on the layers, grab a shovel, and be gone for the remainder of the day helping family and neighbors dig out. Any work that needed to get done was put on hold until the groundhog decided he wasn’t afraid of his shadow, and spring could melt our problems away.

Then one magical day, Dad bought a snow blower. It no longer took the entire family, and the whole day, to dig our way to freedom! One person could man the machine and be done by lunchtime. In the meantime, the rest of the family could contribute to improving the house and other daily chores. Take that, Old Man Winter.

You’re organization has seen the light! Finally, IT has a seat at the table of business innovation! Now you don’t just have the mundane task of clearing snow, you have a say in ways to improve your beautiful home.

CIO: “Great! Do I get more resources and budget?

CEO: “No. Same budget, same resources, and increased expectations.”

You’re going to need a snow blower - you need enterprise architecture.

“The way organizations engage with and understand their customers leads the list of areas that will be changed the most by IT-enabled innovation” - The Enterprisers Project Business Transformation and the CIO Role

In a recent survey done by Harvard Business Review, nearly 70% of the organizations polled claimed IT – enabled innovation will change the way employees do their work, transform products they deliver, and restructure their current business models.

A successful EA practice gives CIOs the visibility needed to streamline their current resources and operations, and enable their team to realize, and achieve, game changing business innovations. Here are some ways CIOs have used enterprise architecture to rationalize resources (time, people, costs) to execute on more current, and evolutionary, business outcomes:

  • Streamline internal operations by having full visibility into the data flows and information exchanges throughout the organization so you can streamline internal operations.
  • Prioritize projects and investments by correlating architectural projects and initiatives to current business goals.
  • Reduce the amount of resources needed for customer service departments to support multiple offerings by leveraging a successful business architecture practice.
  • Recognize opportunities to cut IT costs and still deliver the same capabilities to the business by utilizing IT architecture to identify redundancy in process and architecture.

Depending on where you live, snow is a part of life. Bringing in the right tool to help us quickly navigate past the cleanup and allow us to open opportunities for fun and adventure was a game changer at my house. With enterprise architecture, you can execute on the above (and many other opportunities) to change your IT department from a support center to a workforce that is able to execute on business strategies and realize opportunities for your organization to evolve in ways that are currently invisible to the business. Once you’re able to manage complexity, let it snow!