Sunday, October 24, 2021


 The enterprise is a shared-space that encompasses the organization and all of the other entities with which it interacts or which have a stake in the organizational overall context.

An architecture contains the organizational context and is strategic in that it gives direction to the business design and transformation, looks for leverage within the ecosystems, industries, and domain knowledge that defines the business interactions and interrelationships, reference and intelligence, etc.

 To brainstorm how the future architectures support the business strategy, and improve organizational maturity, the emphasis is on abstract views, hot issues and critical success factors.

Abstract enterprise views: Architecture contains business context, it is a practical organizational planning tool, to define a very flexible business blueprint, not only for knowledge collection, but also for strategic planning. It usually covers all areas of the business, with the abstract components including capabilities, functions, roles, events, rules, data, etc. There are different views of business evolution to reach the next level of organizational maturity. The most commonly useful view includes influencers, drivers, business models, and initiatives for change, etc.

One of the problems with enterprise views today is that they are not fully integrated and completely coherent. Abstraction enables agreement at the strategic level as it allows business executives to get the concise view of their organizational strategy and structure, business logic and capability; enables them to understand when to look further; when to look closer; when to step in and when to stay out, unify multidimensional viewpoint and improve planning flexibility.

Critical success factors: Architecture can be used as a framework to explore management critical success factors for strategy execution, handle complexity, set priority and optimize underlying organizational functions and structure. It brings together purpose, usability, aesthetics, and more to create an environment for suiting business purposes. By leveraging architecture as a critical success factor explorer, business leaders or professionals can frame bigger thinking boxes and gain an in-depth understanding of organizational maturity.

In specific, there are macro environmental critical success factors which are technological, political, and economic related; there are also temporal critical success factors such as people, process, culture, technology, etc, An architecture is an effective tool to knit them together into tailored business solutions for implementing the strategy, truly make transformative change happen and sustain its impact. To enhance critical success factors, organizations need to keep re-defining, realigning, reinterpreting, and reinventing the enterprise components and their relationships, and apply interdisciplinary management methodologies and practices to drive transformative changes.

Hot issues:
Communication is the coordination mechanism that makes organizations possible and keeps them real. Communication clarity directly impacts on the business effectiveness and organizational maturity. Architect plays a critical role in paying great attention to communication patterns in the organization, facilitating continuous dialogues on how people-centric organizations of the future ought to be designed openly and contrived in the face of upcoming challenges and drive collective progress effortlessly.

To harness cross-functional communication, architects need to be knowledgeable about the theories, models, and techniques from organizational communication studies, and facilitate important conversations and business dialogues for leading transformational changes. Dialogue is a means of coordination based on expertise and responsibility. It is relevant when people can understand what is communicated and are able to translate it into action or expertise. Effective architecture enables varying stakeholders to stay at the same page and use a formal and agreed communication plan for supporting business transformation.

The enterprise is a shared-space that encompasses the organization and all of the other entities with which it interacts or which have a stake in the organizational overall context. An architecture uncovers business patterns and visualizes organizational relationships and interconnectivities. The digital enterprise keeps evolving, like a switch that connects into the expanded business ecosystem. if the organization can actively influence its environment, it means that it can actively promote its environment, contain dynamics/realities and attenuate others. Consequently, an organization can try to make its environment friendlier in order to meet the strategies that it sees fit.


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