Building Strategic Process Architecture
Nov05

Building Strategic Process Architecture

Now a days companies are developing Process Architecture (PA) under the overall umbrella of organization’s Enterprise Architecture initiative. PA is an important architectural element for any organization which has to be done with proper planning and followed by strong methodologies. But before doing that what do we actually mean by the PA, what is its definition and how does it actually helps organizations in their decision making, be it strategic or tactical. There are many definitions for PA and each of them different perspective addressed: 1. The architecture of the business processes of an enterprise is defined as the type of processes it contains and the relationships among them . [Barrow 2007] 2. Process architecture is the picture that says what process types there are in the organization and what there dynamic relationships are: a network of instance at work, all operating at the same time, some activating others and some interacting [Ould 2005] 3. Process architecture is a methodology for identifying and aligning and organization’s key business processes against business requirements and to determine how to organize and implement formal process management [performance Design lab 2011] 4. Process architecture is a schematic that shows the ways in which the business processes of an enterprise are grouped ad inter-lined [Frolov, et al.2009] 5. Process architecture is the structural design of the general process systems and applies fields such as computers (software, hardware, networks etc.) business processes (enterprise architecture, policy and procedures, logistics, project management and any other process system of varying degrees of complexity [Dawis, et al, 2001]   The above definitions though proposed by different thought leaders but each of them is targeting mix of business areas. Although none is wrong but it doesn’t show unique form which can be used as baseline definition for PA. For me PA , it has to have all the aspects of process design to make PA genuinely a value added architectural block for EA. So this is how I see it ” PA is an architecture building block consisting of (people, process, information and technology) PPIT in an integrative arrangement, defined through strategic and tactical relationships between  PPIT “ Having said that PA has its AS-IS and TO-BE state, both are to be developed from organizations strategic and tactical direction’s perspective. There has to be two main objectives of the PA development for organizations: a)      To satisfy customers demands b)      To achieve more efficient processing A sound and consistent strategic PA has following attributes which must be inline and should be defined in structural manner 1. Business Events: All the business events which are occurring for current state or which may occur in anticipated future, should be...

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Innovation Management and Business Transformation
Nov02

Innovation Management and Business Transformation

People often think that Innovation and Transformation are similar concepts when in reality they are opposing forces.  These forces need to be managed correctly in order for the organization to thrive and propel itself forward. SEAS presented at an Innovation Conference on this topic: managing the Ying-Yang of Innovation & Transformation.  You can access the presentation here....

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