Let’s face it. If you work in the SAP world and haven’t heard about HANA, you’re living under a rock (or maybe still on R2?). In the past three years, every SAPPHIRE, ASUG, and TechEd (sorry, d-Code) event has focused primarily on HANA and its benefits. SAP is now even rewriting and pushing down their ABAP code to HANA to take advantage of its capabilities. S4HANA and Simple Finance have the capability of drastically simplifying an organizations data models. However, a number of customers have purchased HANA as their BI solution, but are not quite ready to take the leap to these solutions. That’s where the HANA Accelerators come in. The HANA Accelerators (aka, HANA Side Car) allows customers to leverage their HANA investment like never before. By redirecting the selects from their standard database to HANA, significant performance improvements can be gained with this technology. And the beauty of this solution is that the implementation time is very fast, saving you money and improving your ROI.
Enterprise Architecture (EA) has developed a reputation. We’re often reminded of this when in a meeting with senior business leadership and someone explicitly mentions the EA program. Eyes roll back in heads, quick loaded glances are exchanged, an audible exhale is heard as if to say, “Ugh. Not this again.” If you’ve seen one of these reactions or maybe even all three simultaneously (unofficially known as the EA Trifecta), unfortunately you are not alone. EA programs in all corners of business and government are struggling to demonstrate substantial organizational value and achieve true enterprise buy-in and acceptance.
It is not for a lack of trying. Organizations that have decided to invest in EA programs are usually making substantial personnel (both internal resources and external consultants) as well as software investments in support of their EA programs. In addition, organizations typically incur significant indirect EA costs in the form of stakeholder meetings and presentations. Many enterprises have started to take a hard look at their EA program to assess whether the EA program is worth the investment. It has left organizations asking themselves, “What’s wrong with our architecture?”, a question that Frank Lloyd Wright most certainly asked himself more than once.
As IT professionals, we see organizations experiencing a variety of challenges with their enterprise architecture programs. There are many potential pitfalls when it comes to establishing a value-driven EA capability. If you find yourself struggling to comprehend what’s wrong with your architecture, consider the following questions that might uncover some of the issues preventing your EA program from providing real enterprise value.
TeraThink Corporation provides ERP advisory and business process reengineering support to the Business Transformation Agency (BTA) through a subcontract to CACI.