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Virtualization Accelerates Digital Transformation

Digital transformation is changing all aspects of our world. From spurring various IT initiatives, to fully integrating communication, to changing the way we use our personal devices at home.

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Fintech Startups Are Stealing 40% of Banking Market Share.

Image source Gerd Leonhard

The role of digital technology fundamentally enables innovation and disruption. Absolutely no industry is shielded from digital transformation.

The taxi industry has been proliferated by Uber, the hospitality industry has been shaken up by Airbnb, Netflix has blown the movie-rental industry out of the water, and the music industry swiftly changed models from CDs to streaming thanks to applications like Spotify and Pandora.

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DevOps and the Cloud Are Essential to Digital Transformation

More and more companies are seeing the benefit of moving to the cloud, and for good reason. Cloud technology offers many benefits to better suit agile enterprises to spearhead digital transformation and keep their company competitive in the ever changing business environment.

It is imperative to design an agile IT architecture to prepare for fast-paced changes in the business landscape. Digital transformation has brought forth a need to be hyper respondent to the needs of our customers - which include rapid deployment of innovative products, services, and software.

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IT architecture in the digital age: More Agile, less legacies

Nowadays IT works at an amazing pace, releasing one application after another to increase the customer's experience, but as soon as they think they are near their goal, their IT architecture fails them and they must start again from scratch. The integration of legacy systems into the digital world means that one must resource to a lot of new measures, making this task very tedious…thus, no company should deceive itself (and its employees) into thinking that a new IT architecture can be built from nothing to get ahead in the digital age.

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Lean Enterprise Architecture Management (EAM) – The low-hanging fruits on the way to digital excellence

In our series of blog posts on the role of lean EAM on the way to digital transformation, today's post looks at the low hanging fruits waiting to be picked. The way to digital excellence is long and tedious, as organizational priorities, culture and politics must not be overlooked. One key recommendation is to regard the introduction of a lean EAM as a change management project. However don’t assume you will be able to address the entire change in one big-bang, but be prepared for an iterative, evolutionary approach. There are three main messages from change management experience that are inevitable:
  • Build strong, lasting coalitions.
  • Focus on business value early on.
  • Don’t condemn change - embrace it.
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LeanIX at Insight 2016 - Models drive Digital

This year's  Insight, the annual conference of our certified partner  MID, was dedicated to digitization. Existing business models are questioned and new ones evolve, with IT moving from supplier to core ingredient of these new models. More than 500 visitors at NürnbergMesse discussed in three parallel tracks about modern and innovative ways how companies can react to these challenges. Additional tracks were concerned with BPM, Agile, BI and SAP as well as with MID's products Innovator and  smartfacts. LeanIX was there as Gold Partner, with a booth and a talk.
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Lean Enterprise Architecture Management (EAM) as the backbone of digital transformation

In the second of our series of blog posts on lean EAM, we will be looking at how Enterprise Architecture can form the backbone of a company's digitization efforts. Since John Zachman published his ontological framework in 1987, many companies have seen central Enterprise Architecture teams evangelizing and pushing into the direction of Business-IT alignment. Almost 30 years later, the discipline EAM has evolved, standardization has been applied, e.g. TOGAF or Archimate, but in most companies, EAM has either failed completely or is reduced to a minor part, e.g. to IT architecture only. Effectively speaking, it plays in no way a critical role in advancing the mentioned transformation capabilities.
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Meeting the challenge of digitization head-on – lean EA paves the way for successful business transformation

LeanIX White Paper on Digital Transformation
LeanIX White Paper on Digital transformation
As an EA professional you cannot help but think about Digital Transformation, Internet of Things (IoT) - what impact will they have on my company, what will our role be in riding the crest of these waves? The answer is simple: we either embrace these transformations or prepare to be irrelevant. No other discipline is more critical to a successful adoption of these trends within an organization than the Enterprise Architecture discipline.

What is coming means a huge increase in digital (IT) systems with infinite ways of linking with each in an ever changing environment to meet new challenges and create competitive advantage. In this world when change is the norm, you need ways to control, understand and manage the assets that make up a digital company.
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LeanIX awarded as pioneering company in the field of Digital Transformation

LeanIX awarded as pioneering company in the field of Digital TransformationThe newspaper Kölner Stadt-Anzeiger and the Rotonda Business-Club awarded the LeanIX GmbH for pioneering work in the field of digital transformation. The jury consisted of representatives of several well-known organizations such as the University of Duisburg-Essen, Boston Consulting Group and REWE digital and honored the dedication shown by LeanIX.

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Acting like Pacman. When IT and Business chase each other

Acting like Pacman. When IT and Business chase each other
You probably still remember Pacman. It is this computer game where ghosts are chasing after a smiley. The smiley is trying to “eat” as many points as possible, while the ghost are running more or less coordinated after him. If the ghost catches the smiley, the smiley dies. The clue of the game is to move the smiley clever in order to avoid the ghosts and catch points at the same time. Bonus points change the situation: The smiley is becoming invulnerable and can now chase the ghosts.
We find some similarities if we look at everyday life in some IT organizations. The smiley represents the business and the points it is eating are the tasks the business has to fulfill. The ghosts represent IT managers. Most of the time IT managers are working on their own account and the business avoids contact with them as well.
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