One of the challenges in any organisation is aligning strategic plans with on-going operation and change initiatives. The practice of Enterprise Architecture effectively bridges this gap by providing a ‘line of sight’ between the organisation’s strategy and their underlying business capabilities, covering people, processes and technologies.
Callida Consulting has been working with a Federal Government Agency to improve the maturity-level of its Enterprise Architecture practice to better guide investment decisions. The Client’s team faced two main challenges. Firstly, their actual role was not well understood and was viewed as a technical function that was a hindrance rather than a support mechanism for business decision making. Secondly, they did not have a detailed model of the organisation and its building blocks, limiting their ability to provide effective advice. This restricted the overall acceptance of the architecture practice. Without executive level support, the Enterprise Architecture team did not have sufficient resources to build their capability, but without the capability they could not contribute effectively to the organisaton’s strategic goals.
Callida was engaged to assist the architecture team gradually grow both their capability and reputation at a pace which allowed them to build understanding, engagement and confidence with the business teams.
Since Callida’s involvement, the Enterprise Architecture team have become regularly involved in the change process at the planning and design stage for new initiatives. The information captured in the repository informs strategic investment decisions, and the advice from the architecture team is now well regarded by the business areas and project teams.
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