The Complexities of IT Market
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Mapping the IT architecture
Integrated Architectural Approach to Reduce Costs and Complexity
Today the major economic crisis has invented a unique opportunity to make order of magnitude reductions in the IT layers and costs and upgrading the professional IT architecture. What is needed is a precisely defined IT blueprint with white guidelines from the organisation for the efficient and appropriate systems, processes and applications.
With the help of this development, organisations will be able to create a standardized and consistent infrastructure to minimize the unnecessary complexity costs and duplication in the system. This is why the chief executive officers must communicate with the cross company team of its leaders and business units for an architectural review and transformation. There’s a faced joined approach
which focuses on the layers of cost reduction levers and it also helps in revealing and realizing substantial savings as far as the norms and guidelines are concerned for the IT initiatives. In fact, many organisations who take up the student can also create more flexible and efficient IT architecture which will help the staff in thriving greater heights.
Moreover, to create an efficient IT architecture, the chief executive officers and business leaders must evaluate the business processes and requirements that underlie the existing architecture and then further explore other efficient alternatives without even a high degree of collaboration. The right starting point of initiative is the high level business where the IT task force provides cross organisational governance along with accountability.
The main objective of the team is to review the existing architecture and create an important baseline for the new transformation in order to define the process engineering that systems and projects comply with as per the desired architecture. This is helpful in identifying short term long term and midcap opportunities for cost savings and improvements. If you really want to minimise disruption and maximize all the benefits, there’s a three-phase approach which begins with easier changes and then works gradually towards the substantial once.
Three Phased Approach
Phase 1 Immediate Cleanup
In this foremost phase, the team of professionals need to identify a few rapid wins via cost reductions which will help in building up momentum for larger initiatives. There are three levers who are the most important at this point
• Rationalize software licences
• Get rid of the non compliant projects
• Decommission never used applications
Phase 2 Reduction in Complexity
The second phase focuses on making the whole IT architecture less intricate. All you need to do is reverse the ad-hoc expansion of the applications, customized systems and processes for enforcing a complete reference to the desired architecture. For this, organisations can use the number of levers during this phase such as
• Enforcing out-of-the-box solutions
• Encouraging reuse of resources
• Consolidating data basis and developing an integrated data model
• Standardization of technology
• Production in interface complexity
• Consolidating the systems to do similar things
Phase 3 Business Innovation
In most of the times, organisations consider completely reinventing or transforming themselves. In this case, it plays a major role in implementing big changes. The third most ambitious space of architectural transformation is about making board changes in the organisation. The company’s must look beyond the downturn and must consider changing their IT infrastructure in more radical ways to drive support and strategic innovation towards the fundamentally new areas of growth. Under this, twp levers are relevant
• Assessment of alternate operational models
• Shaping the future for cost effectiveness
With a clear mandate from the top management, business leaders and IT professionals on the core business objectives, you can easily cut down the cost and gain a reformed architecture. With the three phases given above, IT is exerting more control over the critical functions like human resources, finance and sales.