Business Systems Planning

A clear, hands on approach using our Comprehensive Process

A business system plan is a set of transitionary diagrams, action lists, and financial plans to depict how IT systems need to change over time to achieve new business capabilities and/or reduce business and IT costs. By merging elements of business strategy, IT asset management, application rationalization, enterprise architecture, financial planning, and portfolio management, a business system plan lays out a manageable path from current business practices and systems to a desired state that incorporates new functionality and cost structures.

Outlined below are the general steps Clear IT Architecture would take to inventory what you have, understand how well it supports your current and future business needs, and then lay out a plan to get from here to there. Notice that it is not focused only on IT topics, but the corresponding business relationships that must be understood and documented to deliver a clear, comprehensive enterprise architecture.

Depending on the nature of your company's needs, different topics would be emphasized for initial work, with other parts tabled for later effort.

1

Inventory

What is my complete list of current business functions and IT assets?

  • Business organization
  • Business geography
  • Business function mapping
  • Business capability mapping
  • IT applications
  • IT data centers/servers
  • IT networks
  • IT purchased services

 

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2

Analysis

How do my IT assets match up with my business functions and processes?

  • Mapping business functions to IT apps and technologies
  • Mapping business issues to IT systems
  • Application Capability and Risk Evaluation (ACRE) - Watch the Video
  • Analyze IT assets for redundancy, gaps, cost
  • Identifying IT cost drivers
  • Mapping IT cost drivers to actual IT costs
  • Software platform analysis
  • Cloud (SAAS, PAAS, IAAS) opportunities
  • Impact on IT support staff skill sets
3

Strategy

Where is my business strategy going and how does that affect IT needs?

  • Identifying differentiating business functions
  • Changes in business strategy
  • Changes in business geography
  • Determining IT resource allocation to differentiating functions
  • Business capability roadmaps
  • IT application capability roadmaps
  • IT infrastructure roadmaps
  • Low cost IT options for non-differentiating business functions

 

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4

Roadmap

How do I chart a path from the current IT state to the target state with greatest speed and minimal disruptions?

  • Business capability roadmaps
  • IT application roadmaps
  • IT Infrastructure roadmaps
  • IT skill set roadmap
  • Identify cost reduction opportunities
  • Determine roadmap impacts on cost
  • Anticipate and minimize "cost bubbles" during transition
  • Projected IT costs for the future

 

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5

Tactics

What are the measures that will be used to get from current state to target state in a most effective manner?

  • Cloud opportunities for server provisioning
  • Software platform adoption to minimize coding
  • Bolt-on coding for platforms
  • Integration transition planning
  • Data conversion planning
  • Data center relocation or outsourcing
  • Business Process Outsourcing
  • IT skill set transition planning

Business Scenarios:

  • If your company is contemplating or planning for a merger or acquisition, we would emphasize several factors of the initial inventory, such as business units and geography and then correlate them with data centers and applications.
  • If you are looking to adopt a platform strategy, we would do an Application Capability and Risk evaluation and a platform analysis to see where your current applications could be reduced by folding them into a larger platform app.
  • If you need to drive your IT costs down, then we would start by identifying IT cost drivers, map current costs to those drivers, and then look for cloud or low cost applications to be used for non-differentiating business functions.

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