Against a backdrop of technical disruption and innovation, changes in an organization’s strategy can have radical implications for its architecture. The organization must find a way to see what effect of any architectural change, before it actually takes place. Doing so will future-proof the enterprise against new innovations and enable business to make the right decision at the right time.
Running technology-business impact analysis is a crucial part of an organizations operations, and proactive action must be taken mitigate risk and understand the effect of technology on the enterprise. This is nonetheless easier said than done, and there are several challenges most organizations must overcome.
Lack of Visibility Over the Bigger Picture
Attempts to create a holistic view of the enterprise architecture landscape are rendered impossible without a central repository.
Poor and inconsistent documentation of components across the different layers due to inadequate architecture language.
Unclear Links Across Components
An absence of described relationships and dependencies between various architecture components, especially cross-layer links between business architecture and IT architecture.
Ill-Defined Procedures and Processors
A lack of pre-defined artifacts, templates or reports for change impact assessments renders it difficult to recommend actions on potential changes.
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Technology-business impact analysis exercises are reliant on a number of key inputs:
Over the course of four weeks, the organization can expect to achieve a number of key benefits, including: