When you adopt a business capability approach you will …
Become a Business Partner
Digital business demands integration, not just of technology, but also of resources. As a result, enterprise architects are increasingly found throughout the organization. Implementing a business capability approach in EA enables you to effectively collaborate with business stakeholders to manage complexity and cost, identify risk, implement value streams, and deliver new products, because it provides a common framework for all to operate from.
Deliver Strategic Value to the Business
A company’s abilities are represented by its business capabilities. Specifically, a business capability is of a set of abilities a company possesses and manifests to deliver a specific outcome, while a business capability map represents the full set of abilities of a company. In effect, business capabilities fundamentally describe what a business can do, without reference to how it is done, making it an effective tool to quickly perform impact assessments, identify new business opportunities, and more.
While business capabilities may encompass technology, the specific technology is not a primary focus of the capability. In fact, technology can be replaced so long as it doesn’t impact the outcome of the business capabilities associated with it. By shifting the point of view away from technology and toward the business, companies can focus more on strategic investments that deliver value – improving customer experience, reducing costs, increasing margins, etc.
Lead the Path to Success
When business capabilities are known, you can quickly assess your company’s ability to meet current strategic objectives and pivot in response to market disruption, customer demands, realized risks, etc. You can also map your company’s path to a desired future state, whether that be adding new value streams or products, or transforming your business entirely.
Further, when business capabilities are part of the enterprise architecture, you can:
determine the evolution of the architecture to support these changes
assess the impact to operational models and business processes
identify existing or emerging technologies needed to support these changes
By adopting such an approach, you increase the value of Enterprise Architecture for your organization.
The collaboration and insight gained when using business capabilities drives alignment between strategy and execution. Decisions are made based on the value to the business and this is critical in digital business where demands are high, change is constant, and adaption is a necessity.
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Aragon Research refers to the customer experience as “the new competitive battlefield” and customer journey maps are essential to designing a winning customer experience. Aragon Research estimates the customer journey market to grow to $5 billion by 2022. That may seem surprising, but businesses know they can achieve market success – customer retention, competitive differentiation, brand awareness, etc. – with the right customer experience, and they are investing.
A well-designed customer journey considers the persona and his/her actions and reactions to the corresponding touchpoints within the business, such that the persona reaches his/her destination – also known as, the desired outcome – with ease and satisfaction. In fact, Aragon Research predicts that “by year end 2020, 85% of enterprises will significantly improve their customer journeys to compete effectively and tap new revenue opportunities”.
The best customer experiences draw on the customer’s emotions and are seamless to the customer. Customer journeys therefore cannot be obstructed by organizational or technological silos or gaps. A mapping tool should visually convey the customer journey map and anticipate the persona’s emotional responses at each touch point. It should also connect the persona’s touchpoints to people, process and technology within the business, to identify and address obstacles early on. In the Aragon Research Tech Spectrum TM for Customer Journey Mapping, 2017 – Mapping the Voice of the Customer, Aragon Research identifies journey map creation, map collaboration, information capture, emotion capture, visualization and analysis, administration, and methodology assists as key components of journey mapping tools.
In the report, Aragon Research also identifies 15 customer journey mapping vendors, categorized as Leaders, Contenders and Promising, with MEGA listed as a Leader. Download the report to learn more about the customer journey market and MEGA’s approach to building the journey and connecting touch points to capabilities, processes and technology of the business.
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Few companies have complete visibility into their data, let alone their business processes, and the GDPR requires both. And, with the rate of change in businesses today, visibility will be a critical factor as their business evolves. With potential fines of €10-20M, or 4% of gross annual revenue, companies must seek a clear perspective – the risk of non-compliance is simply too costly.
Visibility will provide insight to how and why personal data is collected and processed. Collecting data without a sufficient business justification is not allowed under the new regulation. Further, what constitutes personal data has changed with the General Data Protection Regulation; data not considered personal before may now be if it can identify a data subject when processed with other related data. The right perspective will expose unneeded and hidden personal data and, without that line of sight, companies will undoubtedly miss something.
Companies can gain this visibility with an initial assessment. This assessment will extend outside IT as GDPR is a business initiative, not solved solely by IT. Establishing an inventory of data and identifying personal data and business processes that utilize it are all critical steps in this assessment and will require cross-functional input to be complete. Doing so centrally, so that the data can be leveraged by key stakeholders to manage ongoing compliance, is essential also.
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A unified catalog of data processing activities, where people, processes and technology are visible, enables companies to identify immediate GDPR compliance gaps. Further, it can also be used to perform impact analysis, model new processes and support security-by-design and by-default efforts, two additional requirements of the GDPR.
Given the complexities of the regulation, and the ambiguity of how to meet the requirements, MEGA has partnered with Gruppo Imperiali, a company that provides expert legal and technical consulting services to multi-national companies, and has specialized in data protection for more than 30 years. Together, they designed a 6-step methodology to help companies assess, remediate and demonstrate GDPR compliance.
In today's fast-paced and continually changing businesses, implementing strong data privacy programs can lead to a competitive market advantage. In fact, the same Pulse “survey found that some companies see their GDPR programs as a potential differentiator in the market.” To learn more about our 6-step process, and begin your initial assessment, download our white paper, "6 Steps to GDPR Compliance-by-Design: Accelerate Your Journey to GDPR Compliance".
1 Pulse Survey: GDPR budgets top $10 million for 40% of surveyed companies, PwC
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