Do you know how your current IT investments are helping to achieve your business goals?
Whether they recognize it or not, every company practices Enterprise Architecture (EA) to align its business needs with technical and informational assets.
“Everyone understands what EA is, but it’s surprisingly difficult to have an effective model in your organization.”
~ Mike Cardillo | Director, Enterprise Architecture | Lightwell
The important question isn’t whether or not you have EA, or even if you have a dedicated EA program. It’s not a checkbox to simply be marked ‘complete’. The question that matters most is how strategic your EA program is in accomplishing its goals.
| EA is all about aligning your IT investments with your business goals. |
If the point of EA is alignment, the very first step in an effective EA program is to take stock of where you are, what you have, and where you want to go. And that’s where we begin.
This critical planning stage consists of two main steps:
- Enterprise Architecture Assessment: Leveraging our Enterprise Architecture Maturity model, we identify all of your business assets, determine how they are connected, assess their level of maturity and effectiveness, and uncover where there are gaps
- Enterprise Architecture Strategy: Based on findings from the assessment, we build a detailed, practical roadmap for developing and implementing the capabilities required to meet your business goals, and provide actionable recommendations for achieving them.
These two steps lay the foundation for a successful EA program. We take them seriously, and our experts are excellent at facilitating these programs.
But we don’t stop at creating a strategy and leave you to muddle through the project execution on your own. We employ our proven Strategy to Initiative (S2I) methodology to help organizations achieve a high degree of alignment between strategy and their initiatives.
The Foundation of Lightwell’s EA Model: Enterprise Architecture Assessments
Lightwell is committed to helping our clients develop the optimal Enterprise Architecture for achieving their business goals.
But this process doesn’t start with integrating applications and designing solutions. Instead, we start with a comprehensive, 4-week assessment where we’ll perform an in-depth analysis of your current capabilities, goals, needs, and requirements.
Instead of limiting its scope to IT, this assessment factors in your business goals and capabilities, current Enterprise Architecture, key players and stakeholders, and more.
A strategic partnership with Lightwell’s EA experts will make the biggest difference in your ongoing digital transformation.
The foundation of this strategic partnership is a full assessment of your current EA state and specific, strategic roadmaps based on this initial assessment.
Developing an EA Strategy
We use a handful of proven methodologies and models to assess each company and build out an effective roadmap and strategy. Some are big picture in nature while others focus on specific domains of EA. These include our:
- Enterprise Architecture Maturity Model: To establish the specific capabilities you have today, evaluate what needs to be improved, and align your capabilities to your strategy and goals. We identify, review and score over 60 different EA capabilities.
- Integration Capabilities Assessment and Framework: To establish the capabilities needed for successful integration and help our clients build out an overall competency using proven assets and tools.
- Strategy to Initiative Methodology: To maximize the impact of execution by bringing business capabilities and IT strategies closer together.
- Application Portfolio Assessment: To rationalize and optimize your application portfolio, helping to reduce costs, improve performance, and accelerate digital transformation.
Explore more detail about each via the links above.
“You often see high-level business goals (‘Grow our Business’), then projects and investments get launched. But there’s no connection between those projects and the original goals. Part of our process is to close the gap between investments and business objectives.”
~ Mike Cardillo | Lightwell
Interested in getting started? Let’s talk about what Lightwell can do for you.