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How Enterprise Architecture can guide your organization through COVID-19

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One way to gain visibility into the risks that threaten an organization is by mapping the business capabilities to the underlying people, process, and technologies in order to have a clear picture of impacts and dependencies. A business-outcome-driven EA tool can map business capabilities to the supporting technologies and the underlying data, enabling the contextualization of every component of the enterprise giving companies visibility on the business impact of a potentially disruptive event. This increased clarity into a company’s ecosystem would be profoundly impactful during a crisis like COVID-19 when time is of the essence and decisions need to be made to shut down non-critical applications to save critical bandwidth for remote workers.

 

Let’s examine the ways a business-outcome-driven EA tool can help you make smarter decisions faster, especially during times of crisis.

Increase clarity and visibility: use a business-outcome-driven EA tool

With each passing year we’re experiencing increases in cyberattacks, climate crises, natural disasters, and now a crippling pandemic. Organizations cannot afford to ignore how they manage and prepare for these global catastrophes. EA tools help companies be adaptive and flexible. During times of crisis EA tools can ensure technology systems are resilient, agile, and effective across a range of uses. A robust, outcome-driven EA solution gives IT and business leaders transparency into a company’s ecosystem and how to sustain, enhance, repair or transform it. The visibility that EA provides can help leaders:

  • determine which systems to consolidate
  • eliminate redundant applications and obsolete technologies
  • determine where the highest risks and exposures are
  • safely scale down operations in the face of a crisis and then dial up again when the danger subsides

Centralized repository accessible from the cloud 

A business-outcome-driven EA solution can help quickly access accurate data by serving as the single source of truth. It is also the map that guides you through a crisis. When global turmoil occurs, you’ll need to know:

  • which systems can be powered down and which systems are critical to maintain?
  • what can you scale back or do without?
  • which parts of the business are going to be strained or at risk of failing?

 

A business-outcome-driven EA tool removes the guesswork from these questions. It brings order to chaos and provides a clear path through a crisis based on all the information in its centralized repository. By leveraging enterprise information within a single shared repository that is accessible from the cloud, organizations can be better prepared for future risks and global crises.

Processes and technology might need to change, some capabilities might no longer be necessary, new ones might be needed while others might need adapting – all this can be determined in real-time with information from a business-outcome-driven EA tool that is accessible from the cloud.

A business-outcome-driven EA tool helps with the post-crisis restoration efforts  

When the hunkering down ends and life returns to normal, you’ll need to scale back up, but safely and strategically. EA tools play a critical role in guiding organizations out of crisis mode and back to full speed ahead in an organized and thoughtful manner. An EA tool can guide the order in which systems should be restored and to what capacity, and how to safely, efficiently, and appropriately get the business running again.

Certain business functions might be able to immediately run at top speed, while other aspects of the business might need to be restored at a much slower pass – if at all. Business outcome-driven EA tools can help IT leaders eliminate waste and duplication, so as you’re emerging from a crisis, you might find some applications are no longer necessary.

During a crisis, there’s no doubt you’ll learn many lessons resulting in new ways of doing things, changes to your organization, and possibly changes to the entire way you do business. A business-outcome-driven EA tool can help you emerge from a crisis better prepared for the next one. It can also help you implement the lessons learned from the experience so you can move forward successfully with a healthier company.

Enterprise architects now more than ever need to be essential advisors to business leadership and create impactful, high-performing, sustainable, and business outcome-driven EA practices. These high impact practices will need an EA solution that provides a contextual understanding of the enterprise, its components, their relationships, and associated risks. An EA solution ensures systems are adaptive and effective across a range of unforeseeable threats, but also is the guiding light illuminating an organization’s path to remain stable through challenging times.

 

By mapping business processes to the supporting technologies and the underlying data, MEGA’s HOPEX platform enables the contextualization of every component of the enterprise. This helps companies gain full visibility on the business impact of a potentially disruptive event. The HOPEX platform allows companies to seamlessly integrate business, application, and technology architectures to develop a comprehensive business continuity plan that will help you navigate crisis.

 

Make smarter decisions faster with a business-outcome-driven EA approach and request a free trial of HOPEX today!

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One way to gain visibility into the risks that threaten an organization is by mapping the business capabilities to the underlying people, process, and technologies in order to have a clear picture of impacts and dependencies. A business-outcome-driven EA tool can map business capabilities to the supporting technologies and the underlying data, enabling the contextualization of every component of the enterprise giving companies visibility on the business impact of a potentially disruptive event. This increased clarity into a company’s ecosystem would be profoundly impactful during a crisis like COVID-19 when time is of the essence and decisions need to be made to shut down non-critical applications to save critical bandwidth for remote workers.

 

Let’s examine the ways a business-outcome-driven EA tool can help you make smarter decisions faster, especially during times of crisis.

Increase clarity and visibility: use a business-outcome-driven EA tool

With each passing year we’re experiencing increases in cyberattacks, climate crises, natural disasters, and now a crippling pandemic. Organizations cannot afford to ignore how they manage and prepare for these global catastrophes. EA tools help companies be adaptive and flexible. During times of crisis EA tools can ensure technology systems are resilient, agile, and effective across a range of uses. A robust, outcome-driven EA solution gives IT and business leaders transparency into a company’s ecosystem and how to sustain, enhance, repair or transform it. The visibility that EA provides can help leaders:

  • determine which systems to consolidate
  • eliminate redundant applications and obsolete technologies
  • determine where the highest risks and exposures are
  • safely scale down operations in the face of a crisis and then dial up again when the danger subsides

Centralized repository accessible from the cloud 

A business-outcome-driven EA solution can help quickly access accurate data by serving as the single source of truth. It is also the map that guides you through a crisis. When global turmoil occurs, you’ll need to know:

  • which systems can be powered down and which systems are critical to maintain?
  • what can you scale back or do without?
  • which parts of the business are going to be strained or at risk of failing?

 

A business-outcome-driven EA tool removes the guesswork from these questions. It brings order to chaos and provides a clear path through a crisis based on all the information in its centralized repository. By leveraging enterprise information within a single shared repository that is accessible from the cloud, organizations can be better prepared for future risks and global crises.

Processes and technology might need to change, some capabilities might no longer be necessary, new ones might be needed while others might need adapting – all this can be determined in real-time with information from a business-outcome-driven EA tool that is accessible from the cloud.

A business-outcome-driven EA tool helps with the post-crisis restoration efforts  

When the hunkering down ends and life returns to normal, you’ll need to scale back up, but safely and strategically. EA tools play a critical role in guiding organizations out of crisis mode and back to full speed ahead in an organized and thoughtful manner. An EA tool can guide the order in which systems should be restored and to what capacity, and how to safely, efficiently, and appropriately get the business running again.

Certain business functions might be able to immediately run at top speed, while other aspects of the business might need to be restored at a much slower pass – if at all. Business outcome-driven EA tools can help IT leaders eliminate waste and duplication, so as you’re emerging from a crisis, you might find some applications are no longer necessary.

During a crisis, there’s no doubt you’ll learn many lessons resulting in new ways of doing things, changes to your organization, and possibly changes to the entire way you do business. A business-outcome-driven EA tool can help you emerge from a crisis better prepared for the next one. It can also help you implement the lessons learned from the experience so you can move forward successfully with a healthier company.

Enterprise architects now more than ever need to be essential advisors to business leadership and create impactful, high-performing, sustainable, and business outcome-driven EA practices. These high impact practices will need an EA solution that provides a contextual understanding of the enterprise, its components, their relationships, and associated risks. An EA solution ensures systems are adaptive and effective across a range of unforeseeable threats, but also is the guiding light illuminating an organization’s path to remain stable through challenging times.

 

By mapping business processes to the supporting technologies and the underlying data, MEGA’s HOPEX platform enables the contextualization of every component of the enterprise. This helps companies gain full visibility on the business impact of a potentially disruptive event. The HOPEX platform allows companies to seamlessly integrate business, application, and technology architectures to develop a comprehensive business continuity plan that will help you navigate crisis.

 

Make smarter decisions faster with a business-outcome-driven EA approach and request a free trial of HOPEX today!

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MEGA

Thank you for a great article Elsbeth! It's the time when disaster recovery for business went from concept to reality, and from an inconvenient or "nice to have" to an absolute essential.