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Agile Enterprise Architecture Operating Model

Make your enterprise architecture operating model relevant.

Establish an enterprise architecture practice that:

  • Leverages an operating model that promotes/supports agility within the organization.
  • Embraces business, data, application, and technology architectures in an optimal mix.
  • Is Agile in itself and will be sustainable and reactive to business needs, staying relevant and “profitable” – continuously delivering business value.

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Critical Insight

  • Use your business and EA strategy and design principles to right-size standardized operating models to fit your EA organization’s needs.
  • You need to define a sound set of design principles before commencing with the design of your EA organization.
  • The EA operating model structure should be rigid but pliable enough to fit the needs of the stakeholders it provides services to.
  • A phased approach and a good communication strategy is key to the success of the new EA organization.
  • Start with one group and work out the hurdles before rolling it out organization-wide.
  • Make sure that you communicate regularly on wins but also on hurdles and how to overcome them.

Impact and Result

  • The organization design approach proposed will aim to provide twofold agility: the ability to stretch and shrink depending on business requirements and the promotion of agility in architecture delivery.
  • By recognizing that agility comes in different flavors, organizations using more traditional design patterns will also benefit from the approach advocated by this blueprint.

Agile Enterprise Architecture Operating Model Research & Tools

Start here – read the Executive Brief

Read our concise Executive Brief to find out create an Agile EA operating model to execute the EA function, review Info-Tech’s methodology, and understand the four ways we can support you in completing this project.

1. Design your EA operating model

You need to define a sound set of design principles before commencing with the design of your EA organization.

2. Define your EA organizational structure

The EA operating model structure should be rigid but pliable enough to fit the needs of the stakeholders it provide services to.

3. Implement the EA operating model

A phased approach and a good communications strategy are key to the success of the new EA organization.


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What Is a Blueprint?

A blueprint is designed to be a roadmap, containing a methodology and the tools and templates you need to solve your IT problems.

Each blueprint can be accompanied by a Guided Implementation that provides you access to our world-class analysts to help you get through the project.

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Get the help you need in this 3-phase advisory process. You'll receive 9 touchpoints with our researchers, all included in your membership.

Guided Implementation 1: Design your EA operating model
  • Call 1: Scope requirements, objectives, and your specific challenges.
  • Call 2: Assess current maturity.
  • Call 3: Identify target-state capabilities.

Guided Implementation 2: Define your EA organizational structure
  • Call 1: identify relationship between current initiatives and capabilities.
  • Call 2: Create initiative profiles.

Guided Implementation 3: Implement the EA operating model
  • Call 1: Identify strategy risks.
  • Call 2: Identify required budget.
  • Call 3: Identify and prioritize improvements.
  • Call 4: Summarize results and plan next steps.

Author

Dirk Coetsee

Contributors

  • Cameron Fairbairn, Enterprise Architect, Agriculture Financial Services Corporation (AFSC)
  • Michal Jordan-Rozwadowski, Vice President, Information Systems and Technology, Porter Airlines
  • Wayne Peters, Independent IT Consultant
  • Raul Vomisescu, Principal Consultant, Felmer Consulting
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