Today, most business organizations understand the need to leverage digital technology to boost their businesses and hence are engaged in some form of digital transformation efforts. In the process some organizations build up very complex IT systems that become cost burdens to the business. When organizations continue deploying more and more applications and upgrading existing ones to meet the increasing demands of their customers without a clear blueprint into the future, the complexity of the IT systems and the cost of running IT increases exponentially. Sometimes these do not bring commensurate business returns. This complexity of also limits such organizations ability to respond swiftly to changes in the business and technology environment.
According to a survey report by Mckinsey “When companies go all in on digitization, the number of point-to-point connections among systems rises almost 50 percent, the quality of business-process documentation deteriorates, and services get reused less often”
To avoid the above pitfall of digital transformations, organizations planning or undergoing digital transformation needs to have a central framework that establishes guideline around technology usage to ensure consistency across business and IT functions. This can be achieved by developing an Enterprise Architecture.
A well developed and governed enterprise architecture supports digital transformation of businesses in the following ways;
So If you planning or already engaged in digital transformation, developing the right enterprise architecture is critical to create that IT system that is robust enough to meet your immediate needs and yet flexible to swiftly leverage technological advancements to disrupt the business environment and position you ahead of your competitors.