One of my new favorite books is, Enterprise Architecture as Strategy, by Jeanee W. Ross, Peter Weill, and David C. Robertson. My colleague, Danny Cohen recommended it as one of the best books on enterprise strategy and I agree.
A big focus of the book is on execution and how to build a strong foundation for execution. The key is an effective enterprise architecture. With an effective enterprise architecture, you can improve business agility, achieve higher profitability, reduce time to market, lower IT costs, improve access to shared customer data, lower the risk of mission-critical systems failures. Enterprise architecture as strategy means your enterprise architecture is addressing two key challenges: 1) integration and 2) standardization across the company.
Six Steps to Build a Foundation for Execution
Here are six steps Ross, Weill, and Robertson identify for re-thinking a foundation for execution and creating and effective enterprise architecture:
- Step 1 –Analyze your existing foundation for execution.
- Step 2 – Define your operating model.
- Step 3 – Design your enterprise architecture.
- Step 4 – Set priorities.
- Step 5 – Design and implement an IT engagement model.
- Step 6 – Exploit your foundation for execution for growth.
Summary Table and Notes
In this table, I summarized key notes along with each step:
|Step 1 - Analyze your existing foundation for execution||
|Step 2 - Define your operating model||
|Step 3 - Design your enterprise architecture.||
|Step 4 - Set priorities.||
|Step 5 - Design and implement an IT engagement model.||
|Step 6- Exploit your foundation for execution for growth.||