EA Blog

How To Make A Great Coffee… And Business Architecture

A great cup of coffee might seem like an easy every day item, but have you ever truly considered what has to happen to make that coffee? The beans need to be beautifully roasted, they are ground to the perfect consistency, the milk is steamed until it’s silky and smooth, the crema is flowing and then the barista expertly combines them to give you a delicious mouthful of caffeine. Get even one of these elements wrong and suddenly the whole coffee experience is lost.

A Reflection On Our First IT4IT™ Course

Since the launch of the IT4IT™ Certification in May 2016, EA Learning has been an advocate of the IT4IT™ Reference Architecture and its potential implications for our community. Our inaugural course was conducted in Melbourne, and now that our group of newly certified attendees has left us we’ve taken a moment to stop and reflect on where the real impacts of this certification will land.

ANNOUNCEMENT: Leadership By Design

Enterprise Architects (EA) is proud to announce that Kristian Hanlon will be joining the firm’s Sydney office. Kristian was formerly the National Delivery Manager for SMS Management and Technology where he was responsible for more than 500 consultants across Australia, Singapore and the Philippines. He brings to EA a unique mix of experience and mindset to evolve and lead EA’s delivery of Strategy, Architecture and Design services in Australia and internationally through EA’s international brand FromHereOn.

WHITEPAPER: Experience Architecture

We have entered an era where customer experience is not simply defined by the user interface of self-serve mobile applications, but will be defined as a lifetime brand experience reflecting a corporations brand promise. We will see an intrinsic link between corporate vision, brand promise and a service portfolio that reflects the promise. Critically though it is not just the externally facing service portfolio that must be considered, as employee experience and the supporting employee service portfolio is now equally crucial.

A fusion of business, design and technology planning is required to realise this promise. We term this Experience Architecture and Enterprise Architects / FromHereOn* have published a whitepaper exploring how the fusion of Design Thinking and Enterprise Architecture is an essential path.

Birthing an Industry Standard for Higher Education

Have you ever wondered how industry standard reference models come to be? At Enterprise Architects and FromHereOn we embrace and promote the use of reference models in jump starting the strategy and architecture efforts of our clients. We have adopted and adapted the likes of SCOR (supply chain), APQC (business process), BIAN (banking), EMMM™ (mining) amongst others in the interests of driving a consistent business definition across clients and solutions in given sectors.

Designing the Business of IT … but will it add value to my business?

As awareness and interest in the Open Group’s new IT4IT Reference Architecture continues to gather pace in online communities, blogs and industry events, one over-arching question remains; what is the business value of this new approach? Quantifying the value of Enterprise Architecture has been a subject that has been discussed long and hard since the advent of online communities such as LinkedIn over the years. I foresee similar discussion threads emerging around IT4IT, along with questions about its place alongside other reference models and frameworks, e.g. “Is IT4IT in competition with, or a complement to, ITIL and DevOps?”

After reading through various sources[1] I noticed some common themes being asked by CIOs in 2016, this article takes a look at 5 of the most common issues and how IT4IT might support the resolution of these challenges.

Webinar: Introducing IT4IT™

As we head into a new year, one thing is certain. Industries will continue to undergo digital disruption, increasing competition and shifting consumer expectations. Incumbents will have no choice but to respond by delivering efficiencies and investing in significant transformation programmes to acquire, partner or build new business models to keep themselves in the game.  

Designing the Business of IT

We all know that Businesses are needing to change and evolve more and more quickly to keep up with advancements in technology, disruptive business models and so on, but with this change in the world of technology, is there a need for a new approach to managing the business of IT in organisations?

WHITEPAPER: Strategic Stories

The ground is shifting under foot in a disrupted world and change is accelerating. You might find yourself asking questions such as:

  • How do you make sense of what’s happening in your industry and organisation?
  • Where do you fit into the bigger picture?
  • How can you identify opportunities to innovate and create value?
  • How can you implement them effectively?

INFOGRAPHIC: 2014/15 Market Trends

At EA, our endeavours in Strategy and Architecture Consulting, Learning and Recruitment give us unique insights into many aspects of the professional landscape for architects within Australia. We thought we would take this opportunity to share some of the trends and changes that we witnessed in the Australian marketplace in the last financial year.