Part 1 (10 pts.) Assume you are a lead architect faced with an M&A integration challenge, where complexities and company differences are significant. Currently, the previously independent companies are operating with silo’d architecture and little standardization or integration between them.
Assume the acquiring company wants to maximize synergy by ultimately achieving a “unification” operating model that uses a common core FFE for operations that overlap.
Based on a review of the article, "Enterprise Architecture for M&A Due Diligence" (located in "The Value of Enterprise Architecture" Folder in in the "Files" section), and what you have learned thus far about FFE, enterprise architecture, operating models, and maturation stages, please address the following question:
Explain what steps would you take to achieve the goal, while also providing the best information possible for the due diligence team? Explain why you would, or would not, aim to have all overlapping functions fully integrated and operational (via new or revised architectures) on “Day 1” of merged operations.
Part 2. (10 pts.) In addition, look at the Value of Enterprise Architecture folder in the "Files" section. Skim the articles in that folder and explain how they would support the idea, with 5 succinct examples of about a sentence or two long (linked to the sources), of how EA could bring value to an M&A initiative.
2.The two Foreword sections and Chapter 1 in The Art of Enterprise Information Architecture describe how changes in business environments and technology are driving the need for knowledge and information to be leveraged more effectively.
A. In your organization (or one you are familiar with or research), describe in words specific business pressures/changes that are creating a need for improvement in some aspect of the current information architectures. Describe how you would see the ideal capability of a "to-be" architecture that addresses these challenges, and how you would express the vision for such an improved architecture.
B. Using ArchiMate in the Signavio online modeling tool, use the Motivation Extension and the Business Layer concepts, properly labeled, to do the same description visually and embed a URL of the model in your answer. Do not concern yourself with the relationship lines unless you are comfortable doing so.
3. Much of the focus in this week’s web article readings concerns the importance of using enterprise architects that are well-rounded and equipped with a number of important skills that set them apart from the average IT architect/developer, business strategist, or project manager.
Consider an example in your organization, or another you are familiar with or research, where you believe one of the following is true: 1) EA is needed to transform ineffective processes/systems, or 2) EA was attempted with limited success, or 3) EA was carried out successfully (case # 2 or #3 are preferred if you have seen EA in action).
a. Describe three specific enterprise architect skills, from those discussed in the articles, that you believe were, or would be, most important to success in your EA program example (in the case of a failed example, these may be skills that were lacking).
b. Explain your reasoning for choosing these three skills as key.
c. Do a Business Layer modeling to help visually relate the importance of these 3 skills by showing them as "functions" done by actors in certain roles in an organization. Use Signavio's ArchiMate modeling tools to do this and embed the URL of the image of the model in your answer.
4. Monte Ford, Senior Vice President and CIO, American Airlines Incorporated/AMR Corporation, once stated: "If I have a company full of technologists that work in business and do the job in business every day, I’m happy. That’s why we transplant people from the business unit into the technology organization and then send them back out. Even if they’re technology savvy, it’s a requirement to work here, to have technology background, if you’re coming into the management training program or whatever."
Explain why it would be a good idea or not for individuals to have an enterprise architecture background (that is, some experience on the EA team) in order to move into higher levels of organizational management.
Provide four reasons supporting your position.
5. Using ArchiMate modeling in Signavio, create a business scenario that uses several of the concepts in the Motivation Extension and the Business Layer to describe an To Be Business Scenario related to the use of drones in a particular industry of your choice. Embed the URL to your file as part of this answer. (You need not concern yourself with relationship lines between concepts except to the degree that you are comfortable doing so.)
Embed the URL that links to your model in your answer.