Enterprise Architecture Planning Service (NEAP)
What is an Enterprise Information Architecture?
An enterprise architecture powers and supports your organization’s most critical business processes:
- It manages corporate knowledge and expertise
- It is your company’s software and hardware infrastructure
- It maintains all your company’s data stores
- It enables installation of horizontal and custom applications
How can you tell if Enterprise Architecture is not well-crafted?
- Do you notice silos of information that prevent information sharing and business collaboration?
- Do you have many ad hoc systems?
- Do you see unnecessary redundancy in your infrastructure?
- Are there many applications that duplicate functionality?
- Do your systems seem inflexible?
If you answered “yes” to any of the questions above then your enterprise architecture may be non-performant because of age or just poor design.
Netspective’s Enterprise Architecture Planning Service
Our Enterprise Architecture Planning (EAP) Turn-key Service can help you design and craft extensible architecture blueprints in a matter of days or weeks. Our EAP is a unique service that provides a knowledge bridge between your business and technology groups to help you create a results-oriented architecture.
First we assess your business drivers and corporate strategy. Using that understanding, we collaboratively develop an adoptable enterprise architecture plan that will have the best ability to be implemented. We help you create more than documents and guidelines: we help you choose the right technologies, give you the support you need to install and implement those technologies, and can even help you integrate your legacy business systems and processes into your new architecture. Using our NEAP service we can work together to rapidly optimizing your hardware and software infrastructure, enterprise applications, and data.
The NEAP Process
The Architecture Modernization Process
Your staff shouldn’t spend months or years mired in an architecture definition process they might not understand. Instead, you can leverage our extensive expertise and your business can benefit from rapid delivery.
- First, we Assess your current architecture and business processes by conducting detailed interviews with business and technology stakeholders.
- As soon as we understand your environment we Analyze the data gathered and document the various themes that emerge.
- Then, we Consolidate the varied themes into a fewer number of visions and business goals that are used as the requirements for the enterprise architecture blueprints.
- Later, we create a thorough but agile Plan that acts as a road map for how the architecture will be implemented.
- Finally, we can help you Implement the plan in various initiatives throughout your organization. Or, at this stage you may choose your existing IT vendors to help you implement the plan.
The Assessment Process
First we assess your current architecture and business processes by conducting detailed interviews with business and technology stakeholders. In the Assessment Phase we:
- Review business drivers and strategy
- Document the business processes/systems environment
- Develop “as is” functional and technical model
- Assess current pain points and impediments to flexibility
- Understand the current IT organizational structure
- Define a governance model and team
- Conduct one-on-one interviews with a representative cross-section of stakeholders
The Analysis Process
- Consolidate interview themes & perform technical, functional, and data analysis
- Develop a straw man for guiding principles
- Develop a straw man for “to be” functional and technical architecture
- Assemble concise points of view and best practices
The Consolidation Process
We consolidate the varied themes discovered during the assessment and analysis phases into a fewer number of visions and business goals that are used as the requirements for the enterprise architecture blueprints.
During the Consolidation Phase we:
- Gain buy in on business vision and technical guiding principles
- Select conceptual, functional, and technical architecture
- Identify and prioritize process, organization, and technology gaps between present and future states
- Identify framework needs
- Review and assess implementation alternatives
- Develop strategic recommendations to operationalize the architecture
The Planning Process
We use what we learned in the Consolidation Phase to create a thorough but agile Plan that acts as a road map for how the architecture will be implemented.
During the Planning Phase we:
- Develop high-level implementation plans
- Appoint project sponsors
- Develop a cost-benefit framework and the metrics for tracking business results
- Perform preliminary due diligence
The Implementation Process
Once we have an agreed-upon plan, we help you implement the plan in various initiatives throughout your organization or work with your existing IT vendors to do so.
During the Implementation Phase we:
- Develop detailed implementation plans
- Establish responsible teams
- Track business metrics