Workstream Results

Architectural thinking for everyone

The fact that the second workstream on the topic of accessible enterprise architecture was conducted in 2019, shows just how important accessibility and the lucidity of architecture information is to CBA Lab. A pronounced sensitivity with regard to enterprise architecture and a correspondingly appropriate attitude on the part of the workforce can eliminate non value-generating activities and thus reduce costs.

New forms of enterprise architecture management

The “Applied Agile EAM” workstream focused on innovation in the field of enterprise architecture management itself. The workstream answered the question as to how an enterprise architecture organization can structure itself and act in a manner that enables it to shape the rapid digital transformation that is under way at virtually all companies.

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Disruptive modification of business models

API stands for application programming interface. That might sound very technical, but the impact an API has on a company’s business model is much more disruptive than any changes that might be made to the technical architecture.

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Managing blockchain technology with IT

Everyone’s talking about blockchain technology, which has startups and established companies dreaming about making big money and developing new business models or improving existing ones. With this in mind, CBA Lab created the “Blockchain” workstream at the end of 2017.

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Simpler and more systematic business-model development

The “Data-Driven Business Models” workstream focused on defining and describing the capabilities a company needs to have in general, and enterprise architecture needs to have in particular, in order to successfully develop and implement data-driven business models (DDBM). Among other things, the workstream produced a guide that will help CBA Lab member companies develop their own data-driven business models and/or enable them to work with other companies, or in other ecosystems, that utilize data-driven business models. 

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Practical digital twin reference architecture

The Digital Twin workstream gave members of CBA Lab a digital twin reference architecture that can be used in all industrial sectors. The ability to achieve such a multi-sector solution was due to the fact that companies from diverse sectors, such as the automotive, household appliances, and optics industries, participated in the workstream.

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The path to big data

Big data and the analysis techniques it is used with have become major buzzwords that have led to an extensive hype surrounding cognitive computing. Cloud providers make big promises which suggest that booking an appropriate cloud service or procuring special database management and analysis systems are all that’s needed to be able to handle big data. The Industrial Analytics workstream came to a different conclusion, however.

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Product-neutral reference architecture for IoT

The “IoT Patterns and Architectures” workstream developed a reference architecture (RA) for IoT solutions. Unlike most reference architectures in the commercial IoT environment, the reference architecture created by the CBA Lab members who participated in the workstream was designed from the beginning to be product-neutral, and its individual elements were designed to be reusable.

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Big benefits for digitalization projects.

The architecture style known as microservices is entering the mainstream. Many companies have now realized that microservices are particularly useful for the development of services relating to various aspects of digitalization, the creation of services for end customers, and the establishment of new functions at the periphery of traditional monolithic applications. To date, no other style of architecture has been able to meet the requirements of DevOps delivery models and cloud applications as well as microservices do.

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Multi-cloud as viewed from a strategic perspective

The right cloud service for every use scenario, no vendor lock-ins, a high degree of reliably at the best possible level of performance – companies undergoing the digital transformation are increasingly recognizing the benefits of heterogeneous cloud environments. A white paper produced by the Cross-Business-Architecture Lab explains how EAM can help with the effective planning and management of such environments.

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Dynamic tool for the companies of the future

Enterprise architecture is now playing a much more important role in supporting innovation at digitalized companies by providing valuable input and advice. At the same time, new instruments are needed in order to ensure the continued effectiveness of enterprise architecture approaches. The Next-Level Enterprise Architecture Plan presented here represents such a dynamic and collaborative instrument that can be used by both business stakeholders and enterprise IT departments. 

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EAM dialog in new roles

“The purpose of the Next-Level Enterprise Architecture Plan is to offer all relevant stakeholders – for example the CIO, CEO, and the portfolio manager – a common knowledge and information platform that reflects their respective points of view and can be clearly understood by everyone” – this is the stated mission of the “Next-Level Enterprise Architecture Plan” workstream. In this Vision Story, the workstream team shows how collaboration here might work in practice.

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