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Create an Architecture for AI

Build your target state architecture from predefined best-practice building blocks.

This research is designed to help organizations who are facing these challenges:

  • Deliver on the AI promise within the organization.
  • Prioritize the demand for AI projects and govern the projects to prevent overloading resources.
  • Have sufficient data management capability.
  • Have clear metrics in place to measure progress and for decision making.

AI requires a high level of maturity in all data management capabilities, and the greatest challenge the CIO or CDO faces is to mature these capabilities sufficiently to ensure AI success.

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Critical Insight

  • Build your target state architecture from predefined best-practice building blocks.
  • Not all business use cases require AI to increase business capabilities.
  • Not all organizations are ready to embark on the AI journey.
  • Knowing the AI pattern that you will use will simplify architecture considerations.

Impact and Result

  • This blueprint will assist organizations with the assessment, planning, building, and rollout of their AI initiatives.
    • Do not embark on an AI project with an immature data management practice. Embark on initiatives to fix problems before they cripple your AI projects.
    • Using architecture building blocks will speed up the architecture decision phase.
  • The success rate of AI initiatives is tightly coupled with data management capabilities and a sound architecture.

Create an Architecture for AI Research & Tools

Start here – read the Executive Brief

Read our concise Executive Brief to understand why you need an underlying architecture for AI, review Info-Tech's methodology, and understand the four ways we can support you in completing this project.

1. Assess business use cases for AI readiness

Define business use cases where AI may bring value. Evaluate each use case to determine the company’s AI maturity in people, tools, and operations for delivering the correct data, model development, model deployment, and the management of models in the operational areas.

2. Design your target state

Develop a target state architecture to allow the organization to effectively deliver in the promise of AI using architecture building blocks.

3. Define the AI architecture roadmap

Compare current state with the target state to define architecture plateaus and build a delivery roadmap.

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Workshop: Create an Architecture for AI

Workshops offer an easy way to accelerate your project. If you are unable to do the project yourself, and a Guided Implementation isn't enough, we offer low-cost delivery of our project workshops. We take you through every phase of your project and ensure that you have a roadmap in place to complete your project successfully.

Module 1: Answer “Where To?”

The Purpose

  • Define business use cases where AI may add value and assess use case readiness.

Key Benefits Achieved

  • Know upfront if all required data resources are available in the required velocity, veracity, and variety to service the use case.




Review the business vision.


Identify and classify business use cases.

  • List of identified AI use cases

Assess company readiness for each use case.

  • Assessment of each use case
  • Data sources needed for each use case

Review architectural principles and download and install Archi.

  • Archi installed

Module 2: Define the Required Architecture Building Blocks

The Purpose

  • Define architecture building blocks that can be used across use cases and data pipeline.

Key Benefits Achieved

  • The architectural building blocks ensure reuse of resources and form the foundation of a stepwise rollout.




ArchiMate modelling language overview.


Architecture building block overview


Identify architecture building blocks by use case.

  • A set of building blocks created in Archi

Define the target state architecture.

  • Defined target state architecture using architecture building blocks

Module 3: Assess the Current State Architecture

The Purpose

  • Assess your current state architecture in the areas identified by the target state.

Key Benefits Achieved

  • Only evaluating the current state architecture that will influence your AI implementation.




Identify the current state capabilities as required by the target state.

  • Current state architecture documented in Archi

Assess your current state architecture.

  • Assessed current state using assessment tool

Define a roadmap and design implementation plateaus.

  • A roadmap defined using plateaus as milestones

Module 4: Bridge the Gap and Create the Roadmap

The Purpose

  • Assess your current state against the target state and create a plan to bridge the gaps.

Key Benefits Achieved

  • Develop a roadmap that will deliver immediate results and ensure long-term durability.




Assess the gaps between current- and target-state capabilities.

  • Current to target state gap assessment

Brainstorm initiatives to address the gaps in capabilities


Define architecture delivery plateaus.

  • Architecture roadmap divided into plateaus

Define a roadmap with milestones.


Sponsor check-in.

About Info-Tech

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We produce unbiased and highly relevant research to help CIOs and IT leaders make strategic, timely, and well-informed decisions. We partner closely with IT teams to provide everything they need, from actionable tools to analyst guidance, ensuring they deliver measurable results for their organizations.


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Get the help you need in this 3-phase advisory process. You'll receive 5 touchpoints with our researchers, all included in your membership.

Guided Implementation 1: Assess business use cases for AI readiness
  • Call 1: Scope requirements, objectives, and your specific challenges.

Guided Implementation 2: Design your target state
  • Call 1: Assess current maturity.
  • Call 2: Identify target state capabilities.

Guided Implementation 3: Define the AI architecture roadmap
  • Call 1: Identify the relationship between current initiatives and capabilities.
  • Call 2: Create initiative profiles.


Dirk Coetsee

Search Code: 94193
Last Revised: October 25, 2021

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