Changes to how businesses run their operations intensify as the marketplace changes and become increasingly competitive. Common business “events” that most often drive the need for developing, evaluating or modifying the operating model of the business are:
1) Customer needs, shareholder needs; 2) Competition; 3) Cost reduction; 4) Increasing globalisation of the industry – diversification (e.g. expansion in new global markets such as Africa); 5) Fundamental shift in the corporate strategy; 6) Technology – front-end to a major ERP implementation; 7) Politics, Economic, Legislation and regulations; 8) Changes in who buys the services & products and how they use it; 9) Product & service innovation; 10) Marketing innovation; 11) Changes in cost and efficiency; 12) Emerging buyer preference for a differentiated instead of commodity product/ services; 13) Regulatory influences and government policy changes
At any given point, businesses often have multiple projects going on, each with its own set of objectives and outputs. It’s imperative that these projects are all moving towards the same goal and delivering changes that are aligned with each other and supports the business strategy. This can be achieved by defining amongst others, a Business Operating Model (BOM) that describes the future state of business processes, organisation and technology; and then ensure all the change and transformation programmes are aligned to create that target model.
MetaPerformance has developed a proven method for designing fit-for-future Enterprise Architectures and transitioning to it whilst ensuring business continuity. We have extensive experience in developing new Enterprise Architectures that support the business strategy and helps direct major change and transformation programmes.
Areas of Expertise:
- Setting up Enterprise Architecture (EA) competency
Assisting in building EA practice’s from the ground-up, primarily from a Business Architecture perspective. Driving the definition of the Enterprise Architecture Strategy, Architecture Principles, EA Meta-Model, AS-IS Architectures, TO-BE Architectures and Reference Architectures. Defining and embedding EA processes in various phases of the SDLC and setup appropriate governance structures and bodies.
- Building the EA Repository
Setup the EA repository on platforms like Sparx and Rational systems architect. Configure the meta-model and define all stereo-types for modelling. Build the business architecture artefacts like Business Capability Models, Business Operating Models, business process models at various levels and business services models.
- IT Strategy and Business/IT Alignment
Define a “Practical” IT Strategy for the organization, using enterprise business strategy or by combining divisional strategy or both where available. Define a long term (3-5 year) roadmap of initiatives/projects with high level financial modelling, IT principles definition, skills requirement definition, governance structures and application acquisition/portfolio rationalization plans.