As a first step, Enterprise Architecture Management creates a level of transparency in the IT portfolio that is usually unprecedented. This allows redundant systems with the same purpose to be identified and consolidated. The potential savings for annual licenses, services, and ongoing operations can quickly reach six to seven figures.
Consolidation also increases the utilization of existing systems and licenses. When more users take advantage of systems that have been implemented for individual business purposes, the immediate impact is gaining more efficient processes and better use of data.
EAM can also ensure that cloud license usage is transparent. For example, IT departments identify unused SaaS licenses (e.g. Office365, Salesforce, ServiceNow) and can save budget.
Every day, risks lurk in every IT portfolio due to outdated software and a lack of security precautions. Most companies already lack transparency as to which IT applications are business-critical, but without which ongoing operations can no longer be ensured. For example, can you name all your systems which are still not GDPR-compliant?
Enterprise Architecture Management provides help by keeping the lifecycles of all systems and IT components up to date on a semi-automated basis. Regular reports and security alerts help IT managers identify risks early and manage them proactively.
In IT budget discussions, the specific requirements of business units often play a secondary role. Oftentimes decision-makers lack basic information in order to identify areas where investment is urgently needed.
Enterprise Architecture Management enables companies to record all functions and departments and to record their requirements for IT in business area capabilities (so-called capability management). The use of suitable IT can then be determined and regularly re-evaluated from two perspectives: firstly, from the business unit’s point of view, in order to be able to perform relevant tasks and functions with IT support. Second, from an IT perspective, to answer questions such as IT security and architecture fit. Accelerate investment decisions with high-quality data from your enterprise architecture.
At the beginning of every digitization project, there is always the initialization phase. This includes the project goals, the project team, and the project environment. Often, companies lack the transparency needed to fully perform this task, which can be costly later in the project.
Ultimately, every digitization project is about data streams, IT systems, workflows and responsible persons with assigned access rights.
In the initialization phase of a project for e.g. the introduction of a new CRM system, these could be the following questions:
In order to answer these questions – if they are asked at all – project teams often have to invest a great deal of time and money in the search for answers. In the majority of cases, the project is already behind schedule at this very early stage. In addition, the questions are often not answered completely because nobody in the company can formulate the answers precisely and unambiguously due to the lack of an enterprise architecture strategy.
Enterprise Architecture Management provides the foundation for all of these issues. As an enterprise-wide discipline, EAM takes care of an architecture strategy to provide the basis for future architecture decisions. In addition, EAM creates the necessary transparency to be able to quickly identify relevant stakeholders, systems, workflows and interfaces for digital projects in the company.
However, the reality is often quite different: Systems are tracked in inadequate databases such as Excel, IT projects are managed decentrally and cause redundant implementations and unnecessary additional costs. Answering important business questions at the spot (e.g. Which apps are used globally? Who uses these apps? Which applications are already in the cloud?) is often simply not possible.
Initialization and as-is analysis of your enterprise architecture
We get to know your company and your expectations, carry out an initial assessment, define the analysis team, and plan the joint workshops.
Together with the analysis team, we then perform a detailed mapping of all business units, technologies, interfaces, data, and user groups to create a transparent picture of your IT portfolio and business units.
Independent and neutral selection of your new EAM system
Our USP: Xtentio is 100% independent of software vendors and integrators and thus offers you a completely neutral view of the EAM vendor market. We accompany you in a structured way through the entire software selection process: from initialization, through requirements gathering, the creation of a vendor longlist and vendor shortlist, vendor presentations, to price and contract negotiations.
Implementation and Best Practices
As good as the project manager on the side of the software provider or integrator may be, he is always subject to the economic interests of his company. A full-time project manager on the customer side is often not available or there is a lack of project management or technical competence and previous experience.
As experienced EAM consultants and certified project managers, we manage your EAM implementation project and ensure the magic triangle of time, cost and quality at every stage of the project.
We also present easy-to-use best practices for the Rollout and an increasing adoption of EAM in the company. This allows you to benefit from EAM at an early stage, save costs in the IT portfolio and increase the benefits for the business.
Enterprise Architecture Management (EAM) is a strategic approach to designing and managing an organization's IT infrastructure. EAM includes tasks such as designing the enterprise architecture, monitoring technology standards, data management, the application landscape, and process optimization.
EAM offers a wide range of benefits. It supports the alignment of IT with corporate goals, improves the efficiency of processes and promotes the flexibility and agility of the company. By designing the IT landscape in a uniform and structured manner, companies can reduce IT complexity, minimize duplications in systems, and achieve cost savings and more efficient processes through suitable IT solutions.
EAM plays a crucial role in the digital transformation of a company. It creates a solid basis for the development and implementation of digital solutions and enables improved integration of new technologies. It helps companies adapt their systems and processes to digital requirements and drive innovation.
Implementing EAM involves developing an enterprise architecture, defining architecture principles, creating roadmaps, and continuously monitoring and adapting the architecture. It requires close collaboration between IT and business units and the use of appropriate EAM tools.
Responsibility for Enterprise Architecture Management often lies with specialized teams or departments that have in-depth knowledge of the corporate strategy, IT landscape and business processes. This team works closely with the various business units and the IT department to achieve the EAM goals.
Xtentio offers individual consulting and support for the introduction of EAM. Our analysis team conducts a detailed mapping of all business units, technologies, interfaces, data and user groups to create a transparent picture of the IT portfolio and business areas. Xtentio also offers an independent and neutral selection of the EAM system and accompanies the entire selection process from initialization to price and contract negotiation.
Our experienced EAM consultants and certified project managers are also available as enablers for your EAM implementation project during its introduction and sustainable use.