Overview

Challenge of Digital Transformation

CEOs want to include innovations in their respective business models and are facing the challenges presented by increasingly faster changing processes and by the huge number of technological developments. In many companies the strategic planning and implementation of the respective projects is often hampered by the non-existence of a common view with regard to the current business and IT landscape and also with regard to a future architecture of an integrative IT Business Platform.

Due to the dynamic development of the international economy and the associated challenges presented to organizations, the IT Business Platform will have to turn into a business enabler, it will have to generate innovations and guide strategic decisions concerning the respective technologies. The point is to condition the company for a future in which digitalization and interlinking are the driving forces of the economy and in particular of the medium-sized companies. The challenge we are currently facing is the dual role which a business IT architecture will have to play: to present a solid basis which shall simultaneously provide the possibilities for innovation and hence digitalization and interlinking.

Focus of CompAllianz

We support and assist the decision makers in companies in quickly taking the fundamental strategic decisions in order to transform operational changes and their related requirements by using appropriate technologies and thus create a competitive edge. Due to the challenges involved with digitalization and interlinking we set our focus on supporting the design of efficient, competitive and flexible integrative architectures of IT Business Platforms.

In doing so we avail ourselves of varied technological innovations, which, tailored to suit the individual requirements of a company, increase its sustainability. We support the business IT architecture as a basis for transformation in the company and/or business networks and assist in enabling the strategic dialogue between business and IT.

IT Business Platform ensures Consistency, Efficiency and loose Integration

  • Horizontal solutions for value chains
  • Central functional solutions for Shared Services, Corporate Centers
  • Business Analytics, Business Performance Platform for a value-based management control
  • Search/Content Management Systems for unstructured data/knowledge
  • IT Business Platform
  • Technology Platform
  • Cloud Operations Platform

The purpose of the digital transformation and its realization by means of an IT Business Platform is on the one hand streamlining the value chains which is equivalent to an improvement of the process efficiency in terms of a customer-oriented company management and on the other hand it means the provision of the information relevant for a particular business process and the determination of its profit contribution and to make forecasts based on real-real-time information.

A IT Business Platform has to ensure the integration both of the business IT architecture and the respective business networks of the company. Future IT Business Platforms combine the components of different suppliers in a dynamic and flexible way, in order to control the highly complex requirements of digital companies and the increasing future data flood. Future IT Business Platforms provide an infrastructure for data and knowledge.

Bigger companies with their complex and evolutionary grown IT landscape are facing the challenge of consolidation. A consolidation should be familiar with the vision of a to-be-architecture.

Systematic Transformation by continuous Adaption of the IT Business Platform

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Without standardized data models with their respective rules-driven transformations for a loose integration, it will not be possible to compare and/or interpret the causal interlinking between the data of the transaction systems and the business analytics system. This fact will have to be considered during the creation of a modular IT Business Platform in order to design business analytics, business performance platforms by interactive web technologies and moreover to design business process platforms on which the process integration and the business process administration take place to accelerate operational innovations.

Presently we know of the existence of numerous technological developments. There will be no single trend setting the direction – the restructuring will result from the variety of trends and their merging. In this way the organizational response times, productivity, and quality can be improved in order to realize ideas by the efficient utilization of resources. A company’s success will to an increasingly larger extent be determined by digitalized, adaptive business processes and an agile information exchange especially with the business network of the company.

ERP is an important business concept for an industrialized IT. ERP systems form the core part/the spine of integrated systems because they are used as decisive criteria for the economic evaluation of the business processes. In addition, they are the leading systems for most of the master data and with regard to integration ability. Besides the ERP system there are further decentral or central business processes or central services such as a travel expense accounting, a talent management etc.

Holistic Approach: Business IT Architecture complies with the Company’s Strategy, the Business Model, and a variety of technological Developments and their merging.

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  • Restructuring and adoption of the company’s strategy, the business model & the IT strategy, mergers & acquistions, out- and insourcing as well as global and digitalized process operations define the strategic principles.
  • The design principles are deduced from the strategic principles of an IT Business Platform, such as process harmonization, modularization, integration, automatization, debundling, data redundancy etc.
  • A business architecture is an holistic business model of components for the modular IT Business Platform and serves as an instrument to make vision become reality.
  • The holistic iterative top-down approach leads to a company-specific transformation road map which serves as master plan for the transformation programs and projects, underlying governance against the business IT architecture.

Being deduced from the strategy and the business model, the IT Business Platform’s architecture should be principle-oriented (value-oriented), and it should, by the iteration with this meta model, render possible implementations with little risks and resources. In this respect it is crucial to comprehend the future business requirements and to adjust the technology to the company’s needs (rather than the other way round). In doing so, the complexity for the users is reduced. For the business platform’s restructuring, the numerous technological developments will have to be consulted as required and according to the individual company requirements.

Present IT trends again present challenges to the companies with regard to an integration architecture and leave them with many unanswered questions. In order to consolidate existing software systems, to modernize or flexibilize them or open them to innovative aspects, it is required to identify the principles of their formation, the as-is, and their pain points. Moreover, it is important to create a design to adjust “business and IT” of the present business requirements and the new technological trends. A transformation roadmap will show the way to follow from as-is to a to-be with a view to making the value contribution of the IT to the business transparent.

Business IT – Architecture of Transformation

CompAllianz combines know-how in the fields of management control, business processes, integration and technology. We will determine the pain points of the present business as well as the potentials for future growth. We focus on the creation of an holistic business IT architecture – tailored to suit your needs. Our design approach is top-down, and we are working on the following questions: What is needed with regard to the IT Business Platform’s modular architecture? How can it be adjusted and how can we integrate flexibility? Our expertise can be subdivided according to the transformation of the most important current IT pain points: