Insights and trends

Transformational Change in Higher Education

All organisations are constantly under pressure from various change drivers, but many industries are currently going through massive and disruptive changes.  When organisations face such pressures, the response is often to initiate bold but complicated organization-wide transformations.  ‘Architecture thinking’ can help plan and manage change, especially in such large-scale efforts.  Enterprise Architecture can take a capability-based approach to change that aims to understand which capabilities are strategically significant in order to inform decision making.

Creativity is the Next Competitive Advantage

Do you value creativity in your organisation? In his book A Whole New Mind: Why Right-brainers will Rule the Future, Daniel Pink says we have entered the ‘Conceptual Age’ of creators and empathizers, where creativity will become the competitive difference. He outlines six essential elements: Design, Story, Symphony, Empathy, Play and Meaning.

A short-time ago I spent 3 days with a swarm of highly creative business people in Amsterdam at a Business Models Inc event

What’s Under the Hood of Digital Capability?

It’s everywhere, people swiping and tapping on smartphones doing all number of wondrous things, from paying bills in real-time, ordering cut-price designer clothes, to working out the most cost effective way to arrive in Zanzibar via Rio. This is where the myth begins, where your average punter believes they cannot live without their smartphone and all its wonders. The reality, however, is that the phone is just a digital portal. It’s a small cog in a digital machine where the big cogs in the background are actually responsible for all the smarts.

Webinar: Architecture for the Masses

On Thursday the 13th of June 2013 I delivered an Open Group webinar titled ‘Bringing TOGAF® awareness to a much broader audience, inside and outside of the enterprise’. I’d like to follow up with a summary of the presentation and provide you with the slide pack via Slide Share and the recorded webinar video.

Top 5 Security Concerns Facing Enterprises

Costs of data loss and theft can be in the millions, covering direct business losses, loss of intellectual property and business intelligence, audit and regulatory fines, compliance remediation costs and significantly — the loss of customer trust, reputation and brand equity.

Craig Martin’s Open Group Conference Plenary

Craig Martin’s Open Group Conference Plenary slide pack and on demand live stream video here. The presentation focusses on using business motivation models, strategic scenario planning and capability based planning techniques to provide input into the strategic planning process. It will also highlight some of the output examples from engagements.

Getting Started with Business Interoperability – A Common Language

​For years I have seen organisations struggle to achieve Business Interoperability and waste resources time and time again arguing semantics. In my opinion the root source of this struggle is not having a common language.

6 Essential Questions to ask when Designing Products and Services

How to identify which customer needs, if serviced, will provide value to your customer AND to your business         

Organisations striving to be customer centric, at some point in time, will be faced with the task of identifying customer needs that must be serviced in order for the business to grow and out do their competitors. If you have a long customer needs ‘wish list’, the biggest challenge is justifying which feature is worth implementing and will provide the highest value to your customer and your business.

Optimising Business Capabilities and Performance

Later this month, The Open Group’s first conference in Australia will focus on “How Does Enterprise Architecture Transform an Enterprise?”

As a prelude to the event, Briefings Direct recently interviewed CEO Hugh Evans and Craig Martin, Chief Operations Officer and Chief Architect at Enterprise Architects. The interview was conducted by Dana Gardner, Principal Analyst at Interarbor Solutions.Listen to the podcast here:

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Why Some Architecture Functions Don’t… (function)

Building an architecture capability is easy, right? We’ve all had the same thought – just send your cleverest current or aspiring architects on a week’s architecture training (pick your favourite flavour – TOGAF, Archimate, etc), spend a few bucks on a shiny new whiz-bang architecture tool then whip up a few eye catching models and send them out into the world. There you have it, an instant business-aligned IT architecture from a team who can now architect the heck out of anything you care to throw at them.

If only it was that simple…