Monday, January 13, 2020

An Architectural Framework as a Playground to Optimize Organizational Design

 An effective architectural framework is an excellent playground and can be invaluable for performing a wide array of services, including segment analysis, strategic positioning, process optimization, and competency building.

An architectural framework is a collection of knowledge composed of different groups of information and knowledge. The framework is also a playground within which you structure, build and perform your work such as culture, practices, knowledge, know-how; design and plan the future enterprise for helping the organization make a transition from the current state to the future state

Providing generic components and utilities: The architectural framework helps to define very flexible business blueprint, the abstract components (components = different artifacts) include such as capabilities, functions, roles, events, rules, data, services, processes, goals, objectives, events, performance, market/locations/ geographies, risk, resource, etc. Loose coupling makes it possible to change the component without affecting the entire system, as long as the structure and interface are kept stable.

Unlike traditional organizational design with overly restrictive hierarchy, digital organizations are like the living system with the interaction of multiple elements such as humans, software, logic abstraction, and the business environment, spontaneously self-organizes, generates patterns, forms structures, initiates business activities, and creates novelty over time. It achieves strategic flexibility by developing the lego-like module design architecture and capabilities with quality and reusability, with internal processes being broken into modular service components that have a standard open interface and framing the concepts within a specific set of business problems or domain.

Abstracting major concerns: Digital leaders can apply an architectural framework to perceive their business with both a broader scope of abstraction and an in-depth understanding of its interconnectivity and interdependence. The architectural framework that is created needs to be maintained and used by the managers to adapt and improve the organization in the future by abstracting major concerns. The comprehensive abstract enables them to understand when to look further; when to look closer; when to step in and when to stay out.

At a higher level, as many times, abstraction enables agreement. Business management should leverage an architectural framework to communicate, communicate and communicate more. Perhaps they know that there is more often, very few root causes and similarly a limited number of outcomes that reveal themselves when the work is conducted properly. With the support of the architectural framework, they can distinguish between symptom and cause when evaluating activities within a system, are able to draw from the results both the outcomes and causes of the system and propose approaches from abstraction to elaboration.

Reducing development time: An effective architectural framework helps the management to improve resource management, optimize processes and shorten the business development cycle. More specifically, it provides invaluable input which can be used into where to direct resources and attention to strengthening organizational capabilities, reduce business application development time, and transform the manual process and the business requirement to process design and process governance so that the organization’s mission, vision, and goals can be realized cohesively.

An effective architectural framework helps the business move on to a new issue with new requirements to build competitive advantages, mitigate and manage risks such as brand damage, or loss of revenue, estimate workload such as how much rework will be required (incidents on the call center, defect resolution-develop, change management impact, how many redeployments needed to be redone, etc.) or improve user experiences, and ultimately, optimize organizational design and accelerate business speed.

Hiding complexities: The business system is complex and contextual today, without the contextual understanding of people, process, and technology, the management blind spots, gaps, and pitfalls are inevitable. Logically, simplifying the complicated things and manage complexity, either business processes or methodologies is an optimal and smart choice to make business progress. Thus, an effective architectural framework enables business leaders and professionals to breakthrough thinking ceilings, break down management bottlenecks, overcome conventional practices, and streamline business flow.

In reality, there is a multitude of complexity in the corporate scope such as information complexity, hierarchical complexity, collaboration complexity, governance complexity or ecosystem complexity. You need to build an effective architectural framework, be able to perceive the invisible behind the visible, recognize the connections and interdependence, gain sufficient knowledge and unique insight to “ hide” complexity, and manage increased flux to survive the “VUCA” new normal.

Enforcing quality and reusability: The emergent digital era is people-centric and design-driven, applications will become more interrelated as we move to a world of systems-of-systems in which constraints govern how and what we develop. Machines, tools, and environments that programmers use will become more powerful, easy-to-use and knowledge-based. The user will do the programming and the programmers will build the systems and infrastructure to enable this.

Bugs can be caused by bad design. define the way to program, reduce the scope of errors. A well-designed architectural framework enables making application extensible by being developed on the structured foundation, helping in making system testable, improving quality and enforcing reusability.

Forward-thinking organizations are in search of digital business totality, reimagine the future of business, and consider designing the new structural model to embrace high velocity and catalyze innovation. An effective architectural framework is an excellent playground and can be invaluable for performing a wide array of services, including segment analysis, strategic positioning, process optimization, and competency building. The beauty is in harmony through coordination or corporation to unlock performance and the full business potential.


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