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  • Blog Post: How To Use Personas and Scenarios to Drive Adoption and Realize Value

    Personas and scenario can be a powerful tool for driving adoption and business value realization.   All too often, people deploy technology without fully understanding the users that it’s intended for.  Worse, if the technology does not get used, the value does not get realized. Keep in...
  • Blog Post: How Can Enterprise Architects Drive Business Value the Agile Way?

    An Enterprise Architect can have a tough job when it comes to driving value to the business.   With multiple stakeholders, multiple moving parts, and a rapid rate of change, delivering value is tough enough.   But what if you want to accelerate value and maximize business impact?...
  • Blog Post: Blessing Sibanyoni on Value Realization

    Value Realization is hot.  You can think of Value Realization as simply the value extracted from a process or project.  Business leaders want to understand the benefits they’ll get from their technology solutions.   They also want to see the value of their investment deliver benefits...
  • Blog Post: Paul Lidbetter on Value Realization

    This is a guest post by Paul Lidbetter.  Paul is a seasoned Enterprise Architect on the Microsoft Enterprise Architect and Strategy Practice in the UK.  His specialty is business value, strategic alignment, and Cloud transformation opportunities with customers. Paul is also an active member...
  • Blog Post: Martin Sykes on Value Realization

    This is a guest blog post from Martin Sykes. Martin has been involved with Enterprise Architecture and IT Strategy for 15 years and is today a coach in Microsoft Service’s Enterprise Strategy Centre of Excellence . He’s also known for his use of visual storytelling techniques and is one of the authors...
  • Blog Post: What are the Most Useful CIO Resources?

    What are the most useful CIO Resources you turn to? Here are a few I know of …   800 CEO Read Accenture (Latest Thinking) Booz Allen (Ideas & Insights) CIO Enterprise Insights CIO Insight CIO Magazine CIO Today Cognizant (Future of Work) Deloitte Press (Where Ideas Prosper) Directions on Microsoft...
  • Blog Post: Strategy Development, Consumer Experience, and Technology Build Out

    “Strategic management consultants help clients perform markedly better in a world of rapid change.  Consultants must constantly learn new skills, contribute to the intellectual capital of business, and build enduring relations with their clients." -- Carl W. Stern, The Boston Consulting Group...
  • Blog Post: Simple Enterprise Strategy

    One of the challenges my General Manager put on my plate, was to tell a simple story, as simply as possible, about the essence of doing Enterprise Strategy.  Here is what I ended up with: The way I told the story is … We use scenarios to scope meaningful chunks of change (vs. boil the ocean) Big...
  • Blog Post: The Operating Model as Company Vision

    The operating model is the level of business process integration and business process standardization for delivering goods and services.  The operating model is one of the three keys to building a strong foundation for execution (The three keys are: operating model, enterprise architecture, and...
  • Blog Post: Diversification, Coordination, Replication, and Unification

    Your operating model is determined by your choices around how you handle integration and standardization for your business processes.  Your choices around your operating model can dramatically influence and impact your ability to compete in the market.   A clear operating model decision...
  • Blog Post: Architecture Linkage, Business Linkage, and Alignment Linkage

    Your company's foundation for execution will make or break your survival in the market for the long haul.  How can you incrementally build and shape the foundation, while executing projects?  How do you connect and align IT with your business vision, while shaping your foundation for execution...
  • Blog Post: How To Build a Foundation for Execution

    A strong foundation for execution for your company includes an operating model, an enterprise architecture, and an IT engagement model. If your company builds a strong foundation for execution, you can experience higher profitability, faster time to market, and lower IT costs. In the book, Enterprise...
  • Blog Post: How To Turn IT into an Asset Rather than a Liability

    Why do some companies survive and thrive in the face of global competition?  What do some companies do differently so they are growing and making money, having more productive employees, getting more from their investments, and having more success with their strategic initiatives? They digitize...
  • Blog Post: Outsourcing with Skill: Three Types of Outsourcing Relationships

    While reading the book, Enterprise Architecture as Strategy , by Jeanne W. Ross, Peter Weill, and David C. Robertson, I came across their section on outsourcing. I wish I had their frame for looking at outsourcing models long ago.   On the Microsoft patterns & practices team, we regularly...
  • Blog Post: Connecting Business and IT

    This is a mental model we often use when connecting business and IT. The big idea is that IT exposes it’s functionality as “services” to the business.   When speaking to the business, we can talk about business capabilities.  When talking to IT, we can talk to the IT capabilities.  ...
  • Blog Post: IT Drivers for the Cloud

    While putting together lessons learned from our Cloud-related Enterprise Strategy engagements, we consolidated a set of recurring IT drivers. The improvement of IT services and operations can deliver benefits such as improved service levels and cost savings. The Cloud offers numerous routes to IT optimization...
  • Blog Post: IT Scenarios for the Cloud

    “I think it is one of the foundations of the next generation of computing." -- Tim O'Reilly While putting together lessons learned from our Cloud-related Enterprise Strategy engagements, we consolidated a set of recurring IT scenarios and themes.  You may find these useful if you are thinking...
  • Blog Post: Business Scenarios for the Cloud

    While putting together lessons learned from our Enterprise Strategy cloud engagements, we consolidated a set of recurring business scenarios and themes.  You may find these useful if you are thinking about cloud opportunities from a business perspective, and are looking for some common patterns...
  • Blog Post: Create New Revenue Streams from Existing Capabilities

    While putting together business scenarios for the cloud , one of the scenarios that came up is “create new revenue streams from existing capabilities.”  The business opportunity, solution, and benefits are summarized as follows: Opportunity Monetize business capabilities as a revenue generator....
  • Blog Post: Achieve Cost-Effective Business Continuity

    While putting together business scenarios for the cloud, one of the scenarios that came up is “achieve cost-effective business continuity.”  The business opportunity, solution, and benefits are summarized as follows: Opportunity Business continuity risk can be transferred to vendors by leveraging...
  • Blog Post: Higher Profitability, Faster Time to Market, and More Value from their IT

    I’m an avid collector of proven practices for execution and getting results.  Execution is your best friend, among changing times and evolving landscapes, especially when you combine your execution with effective strategy. One of the key practices for successful companies is digitizing their core...
  • Blog Post: Why Some Companies Execute Better

    Execution is king.  That’s what one of my most seasoned mentors taught me, early on at Microsoft. I’m always on the hunt for principles, patterns, and practices that improve execution, whether at the individual, team, or organization level.  Since I’ve joined the Microsoft Enterprise Strategy...
  • Blog Post: If You Can Differentiate, You Have a Competitive Monopoly

    In the article, The Strategy Accelerator , Alfred Griffioen shares his thoughts on competitive monopoly and how the only way outperform your competitors is through differentiation. Griffioen writes: “The question "how to be successful in the market" is among the most relevant for business economics...
  • Blog Post: Brand is the Ultimate Differentiator

    One town that all roads seem to lead to, is that … brand is the ultimate differentiator. It’s a reflection of the perception of perceived value, the emotional benefits, the intangibles and the culture and the values that the brand stands for.  In fact, a good way to test your brand is to figure...
  • Blog Post: The Four Gears of Competitive Advantage

    In the article, The Strategy Accelerator , Alfred Griffioen shares four gears for differentiation and competitive advantage: First gear - No unique product and low customer relevance. Second gear - High customer relevance but no unique product. Third gear - A unique product but low customer relevance...
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