Enterprise Architecture as Strategy

Dragon1 as online Enterprise Architecture Tool

Supporting Decision Making and Solution Projects

Using Dragon1 as EA Tool in your organization enables you to implement Enterprise Architecture as Strategy.

Enterprise Architecture is about designing and realizing architectures and integral business IT solutions in an organization. As bridge between strategy and transformation.

Often the goal of Enterprise Architecture is to have projects carry out fundamental strategic change successfully.

Many Dragon1 users therefore create and manage Enterprise Architecture Models, Diagrams and Presentations that form a design of a integral solution or in other words the fundamental strategic change. All is based on strategic requirements.

The visualization are used to support strategic decision making in order to get to an approved integral solution design.

Once the design is approved, these visualizations support the projects in realizing the integral solution in a modular way, so each one is compliant to the enterprise architecture and execute the strategy.

Example of Enterprise Architecture as Strategy

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Screenshot of Dragon1 to monitor the strategic fit by enterprise layer alignment. Click to enlarge.

In this picture you see how the architecture is the basis for an enterprise architecture and how on the enterprise architecture solution architectures are mapped. And how the various architecture are connected integrally.

Enterprise Architecture Framework

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The Management Overview of the Enterprise Architecture of an organization is often visualized in an Enterprise Architecture Framework Diagram. It is the coherent set of architectures, and their important parts, of an organization. Here's a typical Enterprise Architecture as Strategy example.

On Dragon1 you will found a template, checklist, tutorial and much more to create framework diagrams in a short period of time. You will be managing your Enterprise Architecture and supporting projects in no time, realizing fundamental strategic change succesfully.

Here's a tutorial on how to create an enterprise architecture framework diagram.

Users create, share and manage every architecture product thinkable to enable enterprise transformation and use enterprise architecture as strategy, realizing the goals of the organization.

Dragon1 offers an Integral Approach

Enterprise Architecture often comes down to an integral approach where you as CIO or IT Manager want to execute fundamental strategic change in your organization and control the risks of it. Here you can read more about our vision on Enterprise Architecture.

The challenge is to keep the enterprise layers (governance, business, information and technology, ...) aligned with each other and to keep per enterprise layer a strategic fit.

On Dragon1 you can monitor the alignment and progress by means of a dashboard and by clickable architecture visualizations.

Enterprise Architecture can be well used as strategic management instrument on Dragon1, because the architecture is visually linked to the strategy.

Dragon1 lets the enterprise architects design integral solutions and create visualizations that can be used by the board (CEO, CIO, CFO) and Business / IT / Project managers to take decisions. Later on these or the detailed versions of the visualizations can be used to realize the integral solutions. This ensures the necessary changes compliant to the architecture are actually made.

Three important Dragon1 Enterprise Architecture processes, to make it work as strategy, are:

  1. Strategic Decision Making (Architecture Governance)
  2. Creation of a Solution Architecture Diagram
  3. Realization of Integral Solutions

Each of these three processes and the products that need to be created in the processes are detailed below. Dragon1 supports matching solutions onto enterprise layers, aligning enterprise layers and support strategically fitting enterprise layers.

1. Strategic Decision Making (the WHY)

On Dragon1 you can create architecture visualizations and management dashboards. CxOs and management can take strategic decisions based on insights, overview and progress showed by these visualizations.

First there is strategy, then there is architecture. Solution Architecture is the total concept of an integral solution for the organization. Board and management could decide what solution concepts should be part of the total concept of a solution and if the solution architecture design of the solution fits the strategy enough.

Dragon1 as Enterprise Architecture Tool, here's a definition, helps to stimulate, inspire and enable enterprise architects to create strategic architecture visualizations, enabling Board and management to see the impact on the organization and to choose for the correct concepts and principles. These visualizations are used as supporting material to take their strategic decisions, such as standardizing on a certain concept.

Generic Architecture products that can be produced in Dragon1 for the architecture process 'Strategic Decision Making' are: enterprise architecture total concept

  • Enterprise Architecture Vision Design Sketch
  • Enterprise Architecture Framework (Issue & Progress report view)
  • Enterprise Domain & Functions Map
  • Enterprise Services & Capabilities Map
  • Enterprise Architecture Blueprint & Landscape (Issue & Progress report view)
  • Stakeholders Needs Onion Diagram
  • Solution Architecture Vision Design Sketch, Projected on the Enterprise Vision
  • Solution Architecture Framework, Projected on the Enterprise Framework (Issue & Progress report view)
  • Solution Architecture Blueprint / Landscape, Projected on the Enterprise Blueprint (Impact & Progress report view)

2. Create Solution Architecture Designs (the WHAT)

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On Dragon1 you can create architecture designs. High level and in detail.

If Board and management have decided to go for a certain architectural & integral solution, the architect is assigned to create an architecture design of the integral solution. Dragon1 enables to derive the architecture from the strategy and get requirements from stakeholders so the design leads to the perfect solution for the organization. Also a lot of visualizations are made by the architect so all stakeholders have a lot of control over the actual design of the solution.

In order for the Architecture Design to be of value it MUST contain information about the costs for implementing certain concepts and follow certain principles and information on HOW to build and implement certain elements, building blocks and components.

Generic Architecture products that can be produced in Dragon1 for the architecture process 'Create Solution Architecture Designs' are:

  • Solution Domain & Functions Map
  • Solution Services & Capabilities Map
  • Stakeholders Needs Onion Diagram
  • Program of Requirements
  • Architecture Design Book
  • Concept Design Sketches
  • Principle Design Drawings
  • Solution Building Block Landscape
  • Artist Impression of the Solution
  • Solution Architecture Blueprint / Landscape - (Impact & Progress report view for the Business Architecture, Information Architecture and Technical Architecture)

3. Realize Integral Solution Architecture Designs (the HOW)

project management visual designer

Dragon1 facilitates the realization of an architecture solution design in a project. This is done in two ways: 1) By enabling architects to design and visualize HOW concepts can be developed and implemented and 2) By providing concepts and template views for project management. You can for instance create a Gantt Chart in Dragon1 or visualize the structure of the project and create a management report view of it (with colors).

Dragon1 covers a lot of project management concepts to make sure the architect can supervise. The biggest challenge for architects is to have the architecture that is documented is actually used. Enterprise architecture is more than enterprise modeling or enterprise design. It is also building and implementing integral solutions and controlling its impact. And that is where Dragon1 helps out.

If you have an architecture design document of a solution it always contains deliverables. With these deliverables a building plan can be created and a program or project structure blueprint can be visualized in Dragon1. This helps realizing the solution in the correct way. Also every architecture document should contain information (principle diagrams) about HOW to build and implement elements, as said before.

Generic Architecture products that can be produced in Dragon1 for the architecture process 'Realizing Integral Solution' are:

  • Project Structure Blueprint
  • Architecture ERA and Plateaus overview
  • Architecture Design Book (Interactive Atlas)
  • Progress reports in the form of Management Report Views on architecture landscape and architecture blueprint posters

Where to start with Enterprise Architecture?

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The Dragon1 Textbook spells it out for you, you can start with Enterprise Architecture at any time by creating an AS-IS Enterprise Architecture Blueprint. By visualizing (with colors) this blueprint as a Management Report View, it will show you the Strategic Fit and for what themes and subjects solution architecture design must be created and realized.

Enterprise Architecture always consists of other architectures. Most commonly organizations define the following architectures:

  • Business Architecture - The focus for Business Managers and Business Architects
  • Information Architecture - The focus for Information Managers and Information Architects
  • Technical Architecture - The focus for IT Managers and IT Architects
  • Security Architecture - The focus for Security Managers and Security Architects
  • Reference Architecture - The focus for Quality Workers
  • Solution Architectures - The focus for Program Managers, Project Managers and Solution Architects

A Generic set of Architecture products (i.e. the Enterprise Architecture Baseline) that are created, when starting with Enterprise Architecture compliant to Dragon1 are:

  • Enterprise Architecture Framework
  • Dragon1 Glossary of Terms
  • Enterprise Domains model
  • Enterprise Functions model
  • Enterprise Services model
  • Enterprise Capabilities model
  • Enterprise Concepts model
  • Enterprise Architecture Blueprint & Landscape diagram (Issue & Progress report view)
  • Working with Dragon1 Enterprise Architecture - A management presentation
  • Also for Business Architecture, Information Architecture and Technical Architecture these products are created.

Read also

If you want to know more about Enterprise Architecture as Strategy, you can also read:

Enabling Enterprise Transformation

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