Measuring the success of enterprise architecture is a tricky task; often we point to soft metrics, but we know we should be looking at tangible figures.
A simple benchmark could be within the business. Why? Because a mature enterprise architecture practice, by its very nature, incorporates quantifiable benefits. Targets must be outlined – and they must be met.
Enterprise architecture implemented carelessly and haphazardly can have catastrophic consequences; the ensuing unreliable data, antiquated technology and duplicated processes can all result in the failure of the company to meet key deliverables and targets.
Measuring the success of enterprise architecture is a tricky task; often we point to soft metrics, but we know we should be looking at tangible figures. A simple benchmark could be within the business. Why? Because a mature enterprise architecture practice, by its very nature, incorporates quantifiable benefits. Targets must be outlined – and they must be met.
Under the weight of digital transformation, organizations must find a way to manage, rationalize and optimize their growing and evolving landscapes. Digitalization and the barrage of new technology, for all the increased customer expectation, leads to siloes within the organization; teams working on legacy tech become isolated, while those at the cutting edge are failing to integrate. Toolchain sprawl has become one of the biggest challenges of the day.
Similarly, arcane processes and procedures are oftentimes duplicated or outdated, leading to waste, lost time or the carrying out of redundant activities. Organizations trying to manage the business through spreadsheets and post-it notes are going to have difficulty managing, suffering from inaccurate information and a total lack of visibility into the business.
Enterprise architecture provides the blueprint, framework and structure required to navigate this uncertainty. A fully mature practice offers a number of benefits to organizations ranging from real-time analytics through to robust enterprise governance and security. It ensures a collaborative environment where innovation can flourish and waste is minimized. Moreover, the business is able to analyze the impact of change and accelerating technology, and use data to make informed real-time decisions.
However, getting the most out of enterprise architecture is easier said than done. Targets and goals must be outlined, but all framed within an understanding that, like the business it models, an architecture is in a constant state of change. Organizations must establish where they are at this moment in time, where they would like to be, how to plot a route, and how to get there with key milestones outlined along the way.
By focusing on outcomes, delivering the right information to stakeholders, and aligning strategy and technology organizations can outline the right path program. Measurable targets and deliverables should act as checkpoints as the enterprise architecture function becomes more mature, demonstrating its value to the wider business.
Getting there, however, requires the right tooling, technical capabilities and support. In doing so, the organization will be able to determine the consequences of change, run cross-domain analytics, and establish integrated reporting.
Orbus have a proven track record of helping organizations achieve the pre-identified goals. To ensure that we deliver on what we promise we have been working closely with a number of customers to monitor their EA maturity over the last two years. And, we can say with confidence, that we have helped 113 customers, at different stages of their enterprise architecture, mature their enterprise architecture since 2017.
If you want to find out more about how Orbus can help your organization develop a sustainable enterprise architecture practice, why not book a demo.