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Plymouth University is the 15th largest University in the UK with over 27,000 students and almost 3,000 employees. It was recently ranked 37th in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2015 of institutions under 50 years old. A new erwin customer, Plymouth recently selected erwin’s agile enterprise architecture solution to support a collaborative approach...

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Think back to the most recent enterprise architecture articles, blog posts or even job descriptions you’ve read, and count any that did not mention “innovation” at least once? I’m guessing that more often than not, “innovation” was tauted as a catalyst, outcome or bi-product of effective enterprise architecture in one way or another. Now we...

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Enterprise Architecture Guiding Principles are high-level definitions of the fundamental values to guide Business Information and Technology (IT) decision-making activities. They provide a foundation for both business and IT architectures, standards and development policies. Each EA Principle should focus on business goals and key architecture applications. They are intended to be enduring and not subject...

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As organizations embark on transformation journeys and seek closer alignment of IT capabilities and business goals, most will need to become more agile in the face of a fast-changing environment. Enterprise Architecture must step up to deliver innovation through new solutions that bridge the gap from where the organization is today and where it must...

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May
19
2015

When people think about IT Innovation, many would think of a finished product; a new piece of technology or a new system. But as we know, this completely misses the mark. Innovation for an IT executive is ultimately about the processes, transformation, and achieving new business outcomes. Innovation is increasingly on the CIOs agenda as...

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Over the last 5-10 years enterprise architecture (EA) has gained momentum in the Higher Education (or Further Education) sector, with many University and College institutions establishing an EA practice to help get on top of constantly changing and complex IT strategy and business strategy requirements. Universities are in an especially unique situation of being both...

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In the third post of our blog mini-series we looked at the Effective Management of your Portfolio, and learned where you need to consider the cost effectiveness of applications and the risk acceptability. This fourth and final phase of the process is to Optimize your Portfolio, and it’s here that must you begin to examine the...

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In our last post we looked at Analyzing Your Application Portfolio, pinpointing the moment at which your business problems and issues need to be identified. Now it’s time we focus on the actual Management of your Portfolio phase. This is where you’ll need to consider the cost effectiveness of applications and the risk acceptability. You should...

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Last week, we talked about starting the journey with Application Portfolio Management: Building and Maintaining Your Inventory. We outlined a 9 step process for you to start engaging stakeholders more effectively and to introduce new ideas into your wider enterprise blueprint. In this blog post we look at what is required to effectively analyze the application...

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Application Portfolio maintenance and operations can consume between 70% to 90% of an organization’s IT funds, meaning Business and IT Executives are increasingly having to “do more with less” when delivering innovative new business and IT initiatives. Application Portfolio Management helps save time and costs that can be utilized for other more strategic and valuable programs....

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