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Linking EA, governance, and business strategy

Linking EA, governance, and business strategy
Tuesday, 10 February, 2015 - 13:12 - Stuart Macgregor
This is one of the few case studies that shows how to couple these three domains to achieve transformation. While created a few years ago, and relating to the COBIT framework, this case study is a relevant today as it was then. It highlights how EA has evolved from a largely misunderstood disciple, to the point where it now acts as the lynchpin between corporate governance and IT governance –...


Beginning Kotter's eight-stage journey

Blog Post - Beginning Kotter's eight-stage journey
Tuesday, 2 December, 2014 - 10:00 - Stuart Macgregor
This is the first in a series of Industry Insights that looks at John Kotter's eight stages of change management, and explores his timeless blueprint for effective change leadership. These change management principles can gel with an enterprise architecture (EA) roadmap to achieve business transformation. Establishing urgency (stage one) and creating a guiding coalition (stage two) set the...


How to succeed at enterprise architecture

Blog Post - How to succeed at enterprise architecture
Tuesday, 4 November, 2014 - 10:00 - Stuart Macgregor
It has taken some time and effort, but enterprise architecture (EA) is firmly in the mainstream as a vital business activity, one which confers enduring competitive advantage. This is not news for many companies, which have reaped the benefits of embracing EA, but for others it is a revelation, and they need to align their business accordingly. The early adopters have shown the way, and as the...


Business Capabilities - taking your organisation into the next dimension

Blog Post - Business Capabilities - taking your organisation into the next dimension
Tuesday, 7 October, 2014 - 10:00 - Stuart Macgregor
Decision-makers in large enterprises today face a number of paradoxes when it comes to implementing a business operating model and deploying enterprise architecture: How to stabilise and embed concrete systems that ensure control and predictability, but at the same time remain flexible and open to new innovations? How to employ new technology to improve the productivity of the enterprise and its...


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Avoiding Perils to EA


In this series we examine the most common reasons that Enterprise Architecture fails, and provide practical guidance on how to avoid these pitfalls. We look at the Chief Architect and the core EA team; the organisational positioning of the EA function; the concept of ‘Ivory Towers’; EA’s vision, strategy and direction; executive sponsorship; collaboration; and finally the areas of EA tools, processes and content.

Customer Experience and Transformation in Financial Services


In this series, we’ll apply an Enterprise Architecture lens to McKinsey’s ‘10 timeless tests’ from its ‘Banking on customer centricity’ white paper’ – a litmus test for an organisation’s customer experience qualities.

Kotter's eight-stage journey


A series of articles that looks at John Kotter's eight stages of change management, and explores his timeless blueprint for effective change leadership. These change management principles can gel with an enterprise architecture (EA) roadmap to achieve business transformation.