The strategic alignment and their associated business processes of large enterprises are built upon an IT structure evolved organically. Due to the complexity of the associated quirks it becomes relatively inflexible during many years. In collaboration with you, our staff looks forward to conduct an analysis focused on the wider picture. We’ll conjointly determine the key steps which will make the difference in achieving your strategic objectives.
Our consultancy services concentrate on the building of an enterprise IT architecture incorporated in a project’s context. Often, these consultancies are allocated on a higher-ranking level. The basic challenge is the variety and complexity of the enterprise’s or organization’s IT and application landscape. Day-to-day business seems to be more important than to know the structural details of one owns IT landscape. The individual applications including all interfaces and interdependencies used in an enterprise are at best more than the sum of their parts. Actually, they stand just side by side and don’t release the much praised synergy effects. True synergies are unleashed only through a consistently structured and systemically analysis of conditions. Our consultancy services provide a deep insight into the necessary steps to be taken within the scope of your enterprise IT architecture.
Larger enterprises possess an established variety of programs and applications. The first step is to summarize them into groups―like “products”, “personnel”, “distribution”, etc. After pooling them, we focus on the applications’ core tasks and operational areas. The description of every application takes place according to a homogenous and predetermined systematical structure. The relationship between singular components, interfaces, and data exchange is of great importance to get an understanding of the IT landscape’s concurrence.
A profound knowledge of the interrelationship of all applications leads initially to a static image of the existing IT landscape. This image allows identifying areas which have to be renewed or entirely replaced. It permits detecting so far “unused” sectors.
The subsequent dynamic view from a project portfolio management’s perspective upon the analyzed IT landscape is targeted into the future and lists derivable projects.
Within larger companies it is indispensable that crucial divisions collaborate with utmost effectiveness. For example, innovative ideas regarding new products or marketing areas can only be realized successfully if the field Pricing and Products is integrated as well as Manufacture. The linkage of all fields with their specific tasks, applications and databases is crucial to the success of any enterprise. You have to discuss some essential questions:
- How can these areas/fields be interconnected?
- How can so far unused areas be changed to efficiency?
- What kind of archetypes have to be generated to comply with certain standards?
- In which way could the new structure be integrated into the enterprise as not to seem imposed on the staff?
Conventional enterprise IT architectures run within the tight limits given by established IT landscapes. Usually, actual obstacles aren’t cleared but circumvented to just attend to the most urgent technical issues within a feasible framework.
To our understanding enterprise IT architecture connects the business level with the technology level and develops specific solutions for a company.
With our expert knowledge of enterprise IT architectures, we’d like to analyze established structures and implement them into an entirely new architecture. There’s no intent to develop a rigid entity but rather to construct an IT building with all desired facets and indispensable security mechanisms that has enough space to accommodate new ideas.
Maintenance of developed approaches, resulting uniformity, and archetypes that facilitate consistency and articulateness for the entire enterprise is the next step to be taken.
Enterprise IT architecture (or business architecture) is―like the construction of buildings―partially craft and partially art, promoted by the architect as if the project’s spirit. The IT architect is not subjected to the restrictions of his counterpart. He can put prospect and visions into practice without limitations.