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Organisations continually face pressures to gain and retain competitive advantage, identify ways of cutting costs, improve quality, reduce time to market, etc. ATE Enterprises’ Maturity model has been developed to assist organisations in this endeavour. The benefits of conducting an Enterprise Architecture Capability & Maturity Assessment are as follows:-
Enables greater efficiency in the utilization of resources and prioritizes projects by creating a roadmap for a target enterprise architecture maturity level.
Good Enterprise Architecture:
- develops effective change management
- maximises re-use of data
- identifies and corrects inefficiencies with compliance to governance and best practice standards
A standard methodology enables a stable state of maturity development to be reached and for incremental improvements to be made over time:
- Increases an organisation’s capability for Enterprise Architecture. Successful EA programs are viewed as critical to business sustainability.
- Gives an indication of compliance with governance policies and procedures across the enterprise. Thus giving key stakeholders an early indication of governance issues.
- Financial benefits can be derived from reduced redundancy, improved time to delivery, reduced support costs and reduced acquisition costs.
- Our consultative approach involves all stakeholders and ensures that the focus for improvement is in-line with your key business drivers to deliver real and measurable business benefits.
ATE Enterprises’ Architecture Capability & Maturity Assessment is based on:
- Appraisal requirements for CMMI
- The Department of Commerce (DOC) Enterprise Architecture Capability Maturity Model (2007)
- NASCIO Maturity Model
- ATE Enterprises Skills Framework
- Former Analysis of the Enterprise
- 20 Process areas
- Decomposed to 78 practices
- Each measured by metrics
- Enabled by goals
Project 1: Baseline Architecture Capability Maturity Assessment.
Deliver an initial Architecture Capability Maturity Assessment. This approach produces a view of your current capability for Enterprise Architecture. A number of interviews will be conducted and will incorporate stakeholders, senior management, business owners, architects, etc. The output of this module is an architecture capability score on your current architecture with documented analysis. An informal review of the initial findings will be discussed with the core team.
Project 2: Establish Maturity and Capability Improvement Target
This project establishes the organisations objective and targets for maturity and capability improvement. A consensus workshop provides a vehicle to produce an objective view of the report provided in project 1. This gives you and your senior management team a detailed view of how well Enterprise Architecture is deployed in your organisation, provides a full understanding of your business drivers and organisation issues and a clear view of where you want your organisation to be. The output of this project is an agreed action plan that is agreed, prioritised and understood by the key stakeholders in your organisation.
Project 3: Managing the Enterprise Architecture to the Next Maturity Level.
Leading on from the Project 2 this project provides a mentoring and consultancy service using best practise tools and techniques to address the maturity and capability improvement projects scoped in Project 2. In this program we can also provide a principle consultant architect to lead a team to implement the activities agreed in module 1 & 2. A program manager can be assigned to drive the project deliverables and highlight risk areas.
The following steps are areas that could be addressed and are not an exhaustive list.
- Architecture Communication
- Service Qualities
- Architecture Administration
- Requirements Management
- Skills assessment & training
- Governance workshops
- Business Architecture workshops
Stakeholder management and value propositions for Enterprise Architecture
Project 4: New Maturity Assessment.
The conducting of regular scheduled assessments from experienced consultant(s). These assessments may take place initially as often as every month but then move swiftly to every 6 months once the Enterprise Architecture Road Map’s goals are successfully being achieved. This will provide the client with a roadmap for the next period (3 or 6 months).
ATE Enterprise’s Architecture Capability and Maturity Assessment service covers 20 process areas with associated practices that are required in an architecture practice that utilises TOGAF as a framework. To cover the additional areas requested in the business objective work is required to define the processes, practices and measures.
Based on results from Project 1, the consensus workshop will produce a roadmap and action plan with recommendations to attain the next (required) level of maturity.
The workshop provides a tool to produce an objective view of the report provided in project 1. This gives you and your senior management team a detailed view of how well Enterprise Architecture is deployed in your organisation, provides a full understanding of your business drivers and organisation issues and a clear view of where you want your organisation to be. The output of this module are priorities, and an action plan that is agreed, and understood by the key stakeholders in your organisation.