Future Architecture on a Page
The Board of a large Insurance enterprise wanted to get a clear picture of current IT architecture on a page and what a future state would look like.
This Insurance house has a complex patchwork of systems, technologies, processes and data flows. Making sense of it all and how a Target State architecture should look is hard. But making the complex simple always is. The huge benefits included; gaining uniformity on an integrated architectural approach, identifying technical debt, enabling Board members not schooled in Enterprise Architecture to make big strategic decisions and ensuring business structures aligned to and supported the business strategy.
A team of Practicus architects had already been working on a number of business-critical change programmes and championing the benefits of a common architectural approach across the portfolio. We put a proposal forward for a small team to map the existing and future state architecture for the whole business, with our best Business Architect at the helm. Over six months we then replicated successful architectural controls across the portfolio and ensured the architecture was aligned to the business strategy.
The result was a changing the operating behaviours and the culture of the architecture teams to ensure alignment with business strategy at every level.
“THIS PIECE OF WORK ENABLED US TO DEFINE OUR BUSINESS GOALS AND OBJECTIVES AND TO IDENTIFY OUR EXISTING IT AND SYSTEMS INFRASTRUCTURE ENVIRONMENT. THIS REVEALED GAPS BETWEEN ARCHITECTURE CHARACTERISTICS, ATTRIBUTES AND BUSINESS REQUIREMENTS.”