Enterprise Architecture Benefits

Author: Alex Matthews – Twitter: @remembermytweet Here is a free, un-formatted slide deck that describes some of the key benefits that can be gained from applying Enterprise Architecture. It can […]
Author: Alex Matthews – Twitter: @remembermytweet

Here is a free, un-formatted slide deck that describes some of the key benefits that can be gained from applying Enterprise Architecture.

It can be freely distributed and used with or without attribution to Alex Matthews (@remembermytweet) the author.

 Enterprise Architecture Benefits.pptx

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Primary Enterprise Architecture Benefit Types

The primary benefit types have been classified using the Value Discipline model as a framework:

    • Operating Excellence
      • Reduce Cost
      • Reduce Risk
    • Product Leadership
      • Increase Revenue
    • Customer Intimacy
      • Better Customer Experience
      • Enhanced Reputation
      • Better Lifetime Value of Customer

Operating Excellence Benefits – Reduce Cost

  • Improve operations & infrastructure
    • Reduce complexity & inefficiency
    • Conduct lump & gap analysis
    • Increase process & asset re-use
    • Integrate, consolidate & standardize process
    • Integrate, consolidate & standardize asset portfolios
  • Faster, cheaper, more reliable
    • operations, support & maintenance
    • workforce planning
    • project delivery
    • acquisitions & divestments
    • sourcing & procurement decisions
    • supply chain communications & integration

Operating Excellence Benefits – Reduce Risk

  • Enhanced governance & risk management
    • Evidence basis for planning decisions
    • Faster, more accurate asset valuation
    • Prioritize effort against:
      • Strategic imperatives
      • Potential benefit / value
      • Solution fitness for purpose
    • Easier, cheaper, more accurate
      • threat & risk analysis
      • options & impact analysis
      • operational readiness assessment
      • asset life-cycle (activity & cost) planning
      • benefit forecasting, measurement & review
      • performance measurement & review
  • Better communication & discovery
    • “Shared message, shared journey”
    • Enhanced visibility of asset & initiative portfolios
    • Enhanced corporate memory
    • Supports continuous improvement / learning culture
    • Encourage thinking as an enterprise
    • Clear motivation, principles, roles & responsibilities
    • Better communication across enterprise (value chain)
    • More cross-organisational collaboration
    • Reference model for policy discovery
  • Better compliance
  • Better relationships with external parties
  • Provides a “best endeavor” legal defense
  • Input to project planning
    • Reduce project size, complexity &risk
    • Reduce duplication across projects
    • Reduce conflicts between projects
    • Reduce implementation “surprises”
    • Improved requirements elicitation & validation
    • Structured design development & validation
    • Structured benefits planning & validation
    • Increase stakeholder buy-in
    • Better change management planning
    • Understand who is affected & who will resist
    • Demonstrate alignment to strategy

*  Note: Input to projects can really increase the profile of EA across the enterprise

Product Leadership Benefits – Increase Revenue

  • Better investment portfolio planning
    • Allows structured & ongoing review of initiatives
    • Supports organizational maturity modeling
    • Increase business impact of initiatives
      • Fitness for purpose assessment
      • Prioritization
      • Future state modeling
  • Better cross-sell & up-sell
  • Faster response to changes & conditions
  • Reduced time to market
  • Faster integration & leverage of new technology
  • Better product & service innovation
    • using frameworks
    • using structured method

Customer Intimacy Benefits – Improve Custexp

“providing the right information to the right people at the right time;  they can make the right decision”

  • Integrate multi-channel experience
  • Easier to customize products & services
  • Better services & support
  • Easier to select most profitable channel mix
  • Greater technology effectiveness
  • More consistent communication
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