Practitioners observations and view on the best practices, key learning on the fast changing landscape of technology and architecture.
- Strategic User of Information Technology
- Cloud Computing
- Big Data
The purpose of this blog is to get some validation for how I look at Business Processes vs. Business Services. In simple terms, I differentiate between these concepts in the following manner:
Business Process 1) Triggered by business events 2) Issues a series of business actions that could involve the invocation of one or more granular business services 3) Interactions involve execution of a business activity that is representative of a value chain or is a core part of a value chain in the enterprise
Business Service 1) Typically triggered by a request from an online consumer or a single business transaction 2) Issues a single business action for the most part 3) Interactions involve the execution of a single business function or an inquiry against a single core business entity
One of the best practices for Enterprise Architecture teams to redo the enterprise road map on a periodic basis. It is typically reviewed and updated during the yearly budgeting cycle and my preference is to perform this activity every 18 months. The best practices (and the traditional approach) is to first document the as-is, next develop the target or future state (architecture) and finally develop a short term (6 months), mid term (12 months) and long term (18 months) road map. Preferable an actionable road map that ties back to the business initiatives.
It is good to document the the as-is (or current reality) from all the domains such as Business Context, Applications, Technology, organization and Funding. Typically the business context is best understood by identifying and mapping the key business processes at a high-level.
This approach not only helps have a common vocabulary between business and IT by identifying the key business processes, it also helps identify the key enter…
It has been a while since I last blogged, especially after joining Intuit in 08-2008. For those not familiar with Intuit engineering culture, Intuit is one of the most admired companies above the other famous companies and can attest to that (feel free to drop me line if you want more details).
OK! enough about where I work and just a quick reminder to the readers of this blog - the comments on the blog represent my own personal view and not that of my employer or any third party (with disclaimer in place can now continue :) ).For over a year now I have been working on a personal finance tool product called Intuit Money Manager which was launched last month in India through our partner Money Control - click here to learn more about the product and click here to get started with a 90 day free trial. So what had this got to do with Strategic Use of Information Technology? Well! for those interested in managing your own money (like me) - we have been using tools like Quicken, Money (Micro…