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Strategy and Advisory Services

Enterprise Architecture (EA) is a practice that is relatively new in the business world of strategy and information technology, but has created a major impact upon organizations, from Federal Agencies to Fortune 500 corporations. EA is a relatively simple practice to enter into, and it is based on concepts that are not necessarily revolutionary; however it is a difficult area to master. This is due to the large breadth and depth of EA subject matter, and the point of view that an architect must have, combining business and technical knowledge, abstract conceptual frameworks, and the ability to communicate at the executive level.


The enterprise architecture is the organizing logic for business processes and IT infrastructure, reflecting the integration and standardization requirements of the company’s operating model (where the operating model is defined as the necessary level of business process integration and standardization for delivering goods and services to customers). The enterprise architecture provides a long-term view of a company’s processes, systems, and technologies so that individual projects can build capabilities – not just fulfill immediate needs.– Jeanne W. Ross, Peter Weill, David C. Robertson, Enterprise Architecture As Strategy, Harvard Business School Press, 2006. Posted October 3, 2006.


EA projects have grown from focused, small efforts at the CIO level to influence technology modernization to large programs. This is both good news and bad news for EA practitioners. All large programs have elements of risk, and the bigger they are, the more newsworthy is any deviation from the path of success. Enterprise Architecture projects can span organizations in centralized, decentralized, or federated manner, and employ detailed frameworks such as the DoD Architecture Framework (DoDAF), The Open Group Architectural Framework (TOGAF), Federal Enterprise Architecture (FEA) and the Zachman Framework.

 

  • Cost containment
  • Strategic focus
  • Agility
  • Time to market
  • Customer service

 

A set of offerings designed to help clients define and communicate their IT strategy to maximize business impact, minimize its operating costs and better measure overall efficiencies. These offerings help clients to better leverage their technology architecture, their people and talent and their processes and know-how as well as optimize their use of capital and maximize their value to the business securing competitive advantages for the organization.


Solution capabilities include: IT Assessment & Strategy, Strategic Planning, Asset Discovery / Assessment, IT Cost Take Out & Cost Management, Mergers and Acquisitions Technology Integration, IT / Business Alignment, Governance & Transformation, IT Organization Design, Enterprise Technology Architecture Services, Strategic Sourcing.