SEAS Quarter 1 in Review
Jul28

SEAS Quarter 1 in Review

So it has been a little over three months since the launch of our society and we have seen a lot of exciting activity over that period.  I want to congratulate all members of SEAS on building a vibrant community with lots of interesting debates and discussions.  We hope that everyone in the society is beginning to recognize the value of participating and contributing towards sharing and growing knowledge! Let’s look at the run down in numbers for our Society’s first quarter: 385 registered members on LinkedIn SEAS group 19 Moderators working across the society’s four focus areas 24 Discussion Topics posted with 191 Comments on LinkedIn 600 Total visits to Bluelighthouse.org from May 15th to July 27 250 Unique visitors to Bluelighthouse.org 25% from Mobile devices 62% of Visitors return to learn about the Society on Bluelighthouse.org 32 Countries have visited our Society 14 total articles (blogs) posted on Bluelighthouse.org In the coming quarter our research and focus will shift to Operational Plan development.  Our moderators will be developing content and material related to how Strategy can be converted into execution. We look forward to your continued contribution in our society and hope that you are improving your career by being a part of our community! For those that may have missed some of our articles, find the links below: Innovation & Strategy: What blocks speed blocks innovation http://bluelighthouse.org/2012/06/what-blocks-speed-blocks-innovation/ Slime cleans House! Importance of Customer Segmentation http://bluelighthouse.org/2012/05/slime-cleans-house-importance-of-customer-segmentation/ Anything + Strategy = Sexy !! http://bluelighthouse.org/2012/05/anything-strategy-sexy/   Enterprise Architecture An Enterprise Architecture Value Proposition http://bluelighthouse.org/2012/07/an-enterprise-architecture-value-proposition/ Use Business Architecture to Link Strategy and Execution http://bluelighthouse.org/2012/06/use-business-architecture-to-link-strategy-and-execution/ The role of EAs and IT Strategy in Financial Institutions http://bluelighthouse.org/2012/06/a-technology-strategy-for-financial-institutions/ Vision without Execution is just Hallucination! http://bluelighthouse.org/2012/05/vision-without-execution-is-just-hallucination/ Taming Lions and Tigers in your Strategic Planning Circus http://bluelighthouse.org/2012/05/taming-lions-and-tigers-in-your-strategic-planning-circus/   Change Management The Return on Investment of Change Management http://bluelighthouse.org/2012/06/the-return-on-investment-of-change-management/ Making the ‘Soft-Stuff’ Hard in order to Drive Value for your Organization http://bluelighthouse.org/2012/06/making-the-soft-stuff-relevant/ Change Management: A Key Player in Your Starter Team http://bluelighthouse.org/2012/05/change-management-a-key-player-in-your-starter-team/ Got Transformation Glue? http://bluelighthouse.org/2012/05/got-transformation-glue/   Corporate & IT Governance No bells, No whistles, Just Plain Old Governance! http://bluelighthouse.org/2012/06/no-bells-no-whistles-just-plain-old-governance/...

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An Enterprise Architecture Value Proposition
Jul09

An Enterprise Architecture Value Proposition

Recently I had to provide a reasoning why an established organization would need an Enterprise Architect. At first I thought ‘How do I start explaining what the advantages are to have a full integrated Enterprise Architect role within the organization?’ We all know how important an Enterprise Architect is, but it is very difficult to measure the value. So I started with a short history of Enterprise architecture, from non existing through IT focused, to how it has grown into the role it is now, very business and strategic focused. Once I had that concept it was easy to write down the business, technology and overall benefits. Business Benefits • Developing and communicating a broad understanding of the business, a confirming enterprise-self-realization that is clear and concise. • Identifying and mitigating potential risk in selected paths of action or investment, thereby reducing unintended consequences. • Clarifying business priorities and identifying core competencies, enabling the enterprise to confidently assign key resources to projects, and leveraging top talent for critical needs. Technology Benefits • Creating a practical and efficient means to manage information technology portfolios, rationalizing existing systems and projects to gain significant cost reductions, and helping to remove waste and redundancy in information systems deployments. • Aligning technology investments and assets to project initiatives that demonstrate direct support of business goals, competences, and needs. • Identifying, classifying, representing, developing, and accumulating in an accessible portfolio – architected, highly reusable technology assets. • Identifying and mitigating potential impacts of proposed solutions, services or changes, thereby addressing all areas affected in the design and negotiation of new or updated solutions, reducing the exposure to the risk of unintended impacts and degradation. Overall Benefits • Enterprise Architect is essential as the enterprise grows because the enterprise architect is the only objective entity in the organizational structure that collects data about the enterprise and synergizes it into activities supporting the enterprise purpose. Once you can explain each of those points in detail to the stakeholders, it is not difficult to let them see the value of a full integrated Enterprise Architect within the...

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