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Architecture Strategy - Defining A Clear Direction 

  • Develop a framework for your organization's current and future data and information needs, including master data, meta data, data integration and the data lifecycle.
  • Understand the full view of information flow and processing across the organization, key data relationships, connectivity, and opportunities for standardization.
  • Apply internal and external best practices in infrastructure, integration, security, records management, and data distribution and management.
  • Using the strategic framework of the IT capabilities, evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of candidate architectures to generate an overall strategic structure of R&D IT capabilities that provides longevity, stability, and the ability to adapt to change.

R&D IT Roadmap - Creating A Plan to Get There

  • From the current and future state Architecture Strategy, develop a prioritized list of opportunities and benefits with a clear understanding of the critical decision factors in considering paths with respect to dependencies and risks.
  • Create a plan that will provide robust capabilities with the flexibility and agility needed and is able to be executed iteratively and incrementally.
  • Deploy the plan to give direction and context to projects to enable them to make decisions more quickly and less expensively.
  • Use the insights from the R&D IT Roadmap to orchestrate your capabilities in the near and long term to maximum effect and ensure the technologies fit together.

Core System Blueprint -  Executing the Plan

  • Working from the Architecture Strategy and R&D IT Roadmap, create a Core System Blueprint to provide high-level criteria for implementation projects to help manage and control their complexity and risk, and ensure that the resulting system fits into the overall Architecture Strategy.
  • Identify elements of the Strategy and Roadmap that have significant risk and define a mitigation plan of prototyping or additional technical or business efforts.
  • Define uniform design aspects to ensure robust system integration, reliability, availability, performance, scalability, security, and quality needs are met in existing systems through remediation efforts, during vendor selection, and throughout implementation projects. 
  • Clarify key interface and infrastructure facets needed for long-term incremental enhancement of systems.

Project Mediation - Obtain An External PERSPECTIVE

  • Review and analyze the underlying people, processes, and technologies to highlight risks, develop mitigation plans, and take actions before issues threaten the project.
  • Provide on-going consultation with projects to ensure successful resolution of issues that arise during implementation.
  • Validate the existing architecture and design, and evaluate alternatives.
  • Create or develop a Core System Blueprint for an ongoing project to provide a structured manner for the implementation team to maintain focus.