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The 2020’s Enterprise with Sam Holcman
53 minutes | May 27, 2020
Architecting to Create Business Agility to Compete in the Post Pandemic World
The Coronavirus COVID19 pandemic is the latest in a long list of disruptors to established business models. Whether it is competitors, technology, natural disasters, foreign or domestic threats, a disruption, or the next occurrence of an unknown, businesses are recognizing that change is the new normal. This emerging reality does not begin with a new technology. Technology may enable what we refer to as a series of business and mission aligned initiatives to move the organization to its next state – a deliberate movement away from the language of a “desired state”. Enterprise will be looking at what businesses they are in now, and what will be the state of that business and the “next”. What will keep us in the game, and how can we differentiate ourselves to more effectively compete? What are the business aligned capabilities we have today, and what are the business capabilities we need in this next iteration and beyond? The new model is stabilize, then prepare to move – the new normal!
53 minutes | May 20, 2020
Applying Logic to Consumer Behavior in Times of Crisis
My guest on today’s episode of The 2020’s Enterprise with Sam Holcman is Ken Metviner. Ken has a very interesting and fresh perspective on the what the future holds as we move out of the most current crisis we are in. Yes, as I state, this will unfortunately, not be the last crisis, and perhaps we should look at consumer behavior with a bit more logic than just believe it is a “random walk”. Ken will outline a perspective that we suggest is quite unique and logical. He suggests that one half the economy can be characterized as stable and one half the economy characterized as variable – each requiring move-ahead approaches in their own way. Perhaps applying a method to the madness will get us on the path to both short- and long-term health! Stay tuned to this very special episode!
57 minutes | May 13, 2020
Data Driven Marketing – the Key to Digital Transformation
Technology has changed the way companies deliver their marketing message but has not changed basic marketing principles. Customer data is the most valuable asset a company has. Customers use reviews as a way of deciding which company to do business with. Consumers expect an instant and friction-less experience with the companies they do business with. Data and customer information allow companies to hyper-target their marketing message. Of course, underlying all of this is privacy - a concern that needs to be addressed. In this episode of The 2020’s Enterprise, we are privileged to have as our guest Clark Keller – the CEO of Data Drive Marketing, a company that has been in this field since 1994. We will get unique insights into marketing in the digital age, from one of the original thinkers in this field. The name of his Company is as relevant today, as it was in the 90’s! Tune in, and gets some insight into this extremely relevant requirement in the digital age.
59 minutes | May 6, 2020
Distance Learning – The New Normal?
In this unique view of distance learning, we will be speaking with three college students, from three different universities, on their personal experiences in this, in some cases very new learning environment. School closures have led educational institutions everywhere to scramble to move instruction to an online format. It is unfortunate, that once again, proper planning seems to have given way to crisis management and implementation. We will get real insights from real students on what they see and feel about this new reality. Questions discussed will include, beyond basic education topics, food, housing, money, learning access, feedback, social interactions, and the “new” academic life. EACOE and BACOE have been involved in Distance Learning for some years now. We also hope to gain insights “from the trenches” on what works, and what needs improvement. Please tune into this very unique episode of The 2020’s Enterprise with Sam Holcman and guests!
56 minutes | Apr 29, 2020
Focusing on the Here and Now – A One Day Exercise
If you are reading this post or tuning into our broadcast in the April 2020 timeframe, you and your organization, and our organization are in a bit of a turmoil situation. Pressures are coming from an incredible number of directions, and focus is easily lost and replaced by motions and actions that substitute for planned actions and strategies. Focus, consistency, coordinated actions, and efficiencies are more important “in the now”, yet we need some explicit representations that the organization can view and act on. At EACOE and BACOE we call this the Tactical Analysis of Goals and Results – TAGR. Whether this done top down, middle out, or bottom up, it is the explicit representation of what is trying to be achieved, and the expected outcome over what timeframe. Yes, unfortunately, a short-term focus but a necessity at this hour. The objective is to bring laser-focus to what is necessary to succeed in the here and now. Yes, a tactical explicit approach is needed to survive this
56 minutes | Apr 22, 2020
Architecting for the Cloud and the Cloud Repatriation Movement
The cloud is often discussed as offering the potential for better technology and business agility, but moving computing resources has two sides. The benefits are often mentioned and discussed. Some information technology leaders are learning that running certain applications in the cloud can cost more than doing so on-premises, and can add complexity and security concerns not fully appreciated in the “rush” to the cloud, leading them to rethink their strategies, and bring certain applications back in house. A recent study by IDC says that 85 percent of technology managers saying they were repatriating computer applications from the cloud. A staggering number that is actually not getting much press or attention. To those that remember or study a bit of history in the rise and decline in “time-sharing” computing of decades ago, this should not be of a totally surprise. We will outline our EACOE Enterprise Architecture analysis approach on rationalizing cloud/in-house strategies.
55 minutes | Apr 15, 2020
Moving From Crisis Management to Creating Resilient Organizations In Anticipation of the Next Crisis
A new reality has been set in the world. That reality is the movement of people and goods, globally, provides a new set of opportunities and challenges, which specifically cannot be predicted, but should be anticipated. Today's crisis is the disease, coronavirus disease, (COVID-19), and the virus severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2). And the next could be another virus. It could be an internet outage of a massive scale. It could be a terrorist attack. It could be a ….. It is a bit unnerving that the reaction of most organizations is just that – reactive and crisis driven. Perhaps now is the time to look at active approaches for developing resilient organizations, in anticipation of the next disruptive event. Yes, I have introduced a word that we will now amplify. Event Modeling and Analysis is an approach that EACOE and BACOE take with our clients to enumerate and analyze the expected and the unexpected. Let’s better prepare for the next disruption.
56 minutes | Apr 8, 2020
Why Some People Revel In Complexity
What triggered my thoughts in developing this Episode was YAF. What is YAF? YAF is Yet Another Framework! What I am referring to is a consortium of academics, industry, and government people that, I am sure with upright and thoughtful intentions, published YAF on enterprise architecture. This YAF was going to take all of the other YAF’s and bring them all together. As a veteran of Enterprise Architecture and frameworks, all I could do is roll my eyes and smile. As a note, I was asked to join this YAF effort when it was first conceived, and declined. This YAF is the most complicated representation of enterprise architecture I have yet to observe. My thoughts quickly moved to thinking about complexity and those that, perhaps, revel in it. Is there such a thing as “complexity bias”? Is complexity, for some, a measure of progress? Steve Jobs said it best: “Simple can be harder than complex:” In this episode, we will explore complexity and complex. They are different!
55 minutes | Apr 1, 2020
Applying Enterprise Architecture to Identify Cost Containment and Optimization Opportunities
We have all turned, to some degree, to a short-term focus in both our personal and business lives. We all have to deal with reality. The question is how do you address both short and longer term issues and opportunities. In the short term, we need to identify areas for optimization, while understanding the effects of this optimization in future operations. The question is can we use a “scalpel”, rather than a “meat clever” to identify and act in the short term. This simple answer is yes! We will outline a two-week Enterprise Architecture Immersion approach that will identify short-term prioritized opportunities for cost optimization, and setting the stage for the eventual return to normalcy. Can this be done is one day? Yes, but a realistic amount of time is two elapsed weeks. Yes, focus on today and tomorrow, and set a baseline now for address and managing continual change. Move from crisis management to event driven actions. Please listen in to this very important episode.
55 minutes | Mar 25, 2020
Applying the EACOE and BACOE Architecture Methodologies to Analyze the Coronavirus COVID-19 Pandemic
In this focused edition of the 2020’s Enterprise program, we will look at this Pandemic through the eyes of Enterprise and Business Architecture. A robust architecture methodology is a tool we can use to analyze things that are complex, and we are seeing significant complexity in this situation! But wait! If you are not a medical professional, why should you listen to this episode? Perhaps in this hour, we can provide some explicit thoughts and representations that can be provided to the medical community, to assist and aid their thought processes. We will apply out-of-the-medical-box thinking to this crisis situation. Let us take a brief time-out from the media driven hype and hysteria-focused analysis – whether on television or on the internet - and see if we can provide an additional frame of reference for those professionals diligently working to help us through this crisis. After all, the Enterprise we are analyzing is the largest and most complex in existence – us!
56 minutes | Mar 18, 2020
Improve Your Company's Enterprise Architecture Health Obtain an Independent Assessment
Just what is an Enterprise Architecture (EA) Health Assessment? The “health” assessment of your Enterprise Architecture will provide you an informed, independent perspective of your strategic EA asset’s viability as a foundational resource to • fully understand and reveal your Enterprise Business, Technology, and Systems Relationships; • communicate your Business Intent concisely through a consistent vocabulary, and uncomplicated text, models and diagrams; • inform interested parties in your company or organization, which may include external agents such as supply chain, partners and other vendors. Your Enterprise Architecture is a strategic asset, and must offer strategic value in several aspects; You need to assess your existing information to determine how well your EA is positioned to provide these values. A thorough, fair, objective and most of all, helpful assessment will get you there Tune in to see how this can be done.
55 minutes | Mar 11, 2020
An Introduction to Process Distribution Centers (TM) and Data Distribution Centers (TM)
Make to Order, Provide from Stock, Assemble to Order. The three maturity levels that are understood and tried and true in the manufacturing community. In the information technology community, most organizations reside in the Make to Order maturity level (level one), and are attempting to “speed things up” with techniques like agile programming, containers, “low code” and numerous other approaches – all within the level one maturity realm. It is time to move up the maturity model! Underlying maturity three, which is a maturity level you will all recognize surrounds our daily lives (in most areas of our lives) requires two concepts and underlying technologies that are really quite simple – but not comfortable for those that are now existing in the maturity level 1 arena. Change, displacement, new learnings, and reward systems are all part of the equation, which makes people uncomfortable – and resistant to change. It is happening. Listen in and meet your future.
56 minutes | Mar 4, 2020
Process Mining the Complement to Data Mining
In this age of digital transformation, big data, cloud computing, and numerous other actions you may be undertaking or thinking about in your organization, one fundamental fact remains. What we in organizations are doing is processing data. Technology departments in organizations have many names nowadays. But fundamentally, they are doing what we did for the past five decades or so – processing data. We may be doing it differently with different technologies in different locations, but we are processing data. We will outline our approach to understanding an organizations processes – what we refer to as Process Mining that will lead to a Business Process Warehouse. We will review some of the benefits and challenges surrounding process understanding, and outline some field-proven approaches to obtaining these benefits. We will also outline the methodology we use in practice, to guide these efforts. Tune in for implementable practice-proven approaches – you will be glad you did!
57 minutes | Feb 26, 2020
Luke Peters On The Hard Part of Digital Transformation is Organizational Change
Luke is the President/CEO at Retail Band, where he aims to help businesses sell appliances through online channels and allow their market to grow and expand. He has extensive product development and entrepreneurial experience. Luke and his team are especially adept at creating product launch strategies at a wide variety of ecommerce sites like Lowes, Home Depot, Walmart, Costco, Wayfair, Target, Bed Bath & Beyond, Kohl’s and Best Buy. In this episode of The 2020’s Enterprise we will get an understanding of Luke’s approaches to managing organizational change in his digital businesses. Tune in for a lively interview and unique insights!
56 minutes | Feb 19, 2020
The Status of the Cloud Revolution
The movement of some applications to the cloud are well underway. With this movement, of course, comes observations both pro and con. No panic of course, just things to watch out for. Since the most basic view of the cloud can be stated quite simply as running your applications on someone else's computer, We will cover the good stuff and gotchas - some obvious and some hidden. Cloud Management is an area that is just beginning to be understood as a effort in and of itself. The upsides of the cloud are pretty well discussed, documented, debated, and advertised. The gotchas, not so much! These gotchas are specific to the cloud model. Yes, they are different then your own processing center, servers, or your own versions of these processing approaches. We will provide you with a framework to think about both sides of the equation, to allow you to possibly make more informed decisions. At a minimum, worth a listen. Tune in - you will be glad you did.
56 minutes | Feb 12, 2020
Security Architecture - What, How, Where, Who, When, Why
Our EACOE Enterprise Architecture practice has looked at security as part of Enterprise Architecture, not as a separate activity. Simply, the objective is ensuring only authorized access to a process or a data component. Starting with this objective – not after the fact – is key. In the physical world, look at the game-changer brought about by the Ring doorbell – warn me before someone enters the house, rather than telling me someone is in the house. This comes from REAL Enterprise Architecture, which may the reason you do not see this in FEA or TOGAF. Security is a Business Strategy first - not only an implementation technology concern. Security is an after the fact approach in most organizations unfortunately, rather than an architected approach, we suggest. Tune in to hear how to address this growing concern in organizations, well before it is actually needed. Locks, passwords, etc only keep honest people honest.
55 minutes | Feb 5, 2020
Mass Customization is in your hands - your stakeholders and customers also want this true agility
Have you looked at your “smart phone” and its “agility” – your ability to change what you see with a simple press on the screen, and compared it to your internal technology systems or those that you provide to your customers? In summary, what you are seeing is a manufacturing concept called Mass Customization. This term was first introduced to the public by Stan Davis in his book Future Perfect in 1987. Customer-focused means just that – not markets, segments, or other terms that really mask the desire to create solutions and satisfaction, at the individual level. What we must realize in information technology solutions, is that no matter how quickly we write software, it is handcrafting, and will never be able to meet individual requirements. Most of the profession still things about applications, software packages, or writing computer programs quickly. But your smart phone is different. Let’s bring this maturity level to today’s information systems solutions – the time is now.
55 minutes | Jan 29, 2020
No One Really Wants An Enterprise Architecture
You want a road map to clearly define what needs to be done to enable your Business or Mission Strategy. No one wants a series of seemly endless “sprints” not knowing where the goal line is. You want to know what your end state objective is and how to get there. No one wants to be lectured to for hours on frameworks, and methodologies, and so-called best practices. You want to be able to clearly identify a set of mutually exclusive and collectively exhaustive initiatives and capabilities to enable your business or mission strategy. No one really wants a set of intellectually entertaining models. You want to be able, as an example, to analyze your potential merger or acquisition of a competitor or organization, and determine the degree of “fit” before any major decisions are made. That is the REAL end objective of a Business Outcome Driven Enterprise Architecture to your organization. This broadcast is your starting point. You will be glad you listened!
55 minutes | Jan 22, 2020
Business Outcome-Driven Enterprise Architecture - Join the Revolutionary Movement
Major analyst and advisory firms now recognize two distinct focus areas in Enterprise Architecture – (1) focus on technology enablement, and (2) focus on facilitating and creating deliverables that guide and inform business decision making – enabling Business Strategy. In this Episode of the 2020’s Enterprise, we will outline what is required to develop a Business Outcome Driven Enterprise Architecture Deliverables, and the skill-sets people require to bring Business Outcome Driven Enterprise Architecture to your organization. Join the movement to Business Outcome Driven Enterprise Architecture. This Webinar is your starting point. You will be glad you did!
56 minutes | Jan 15, 2020
Are You Making Decisions Based on Solid Data or a Data Swamp?
Being data driven, achieving digital transformation, developing effective marketing campaigns, making valid business decisions, and ensuring regulatory compliance, are just a few of the things businesses and enterprises do, that requires good quality data – not data – good quality data. Yet study after study shows the shockingly low self-reported beliefs on how good the data that is used by businesses actually is. Hundreds of millions of dollars are spent each year on various technologies in the attempt to “clean up” the data organizations are using. It is time to step back and realize that data issue does not require technological magic. It is a data architecture issue, and no amount of technology artificial or not, can address the fundamental flaws that may exist. Join us and we will outline what is needed to build a solid foundation for decision making. You will be glad you did!
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