Enterprise Transformation

A Pragmatic Approach Using POET


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Here we show how other frameworks map on to the Transformation cascade (From strategy to Deployment) that POET defines.

The ellipses of POET show the phases of transformation while the rounded boxes show the models used. The boxes with square black lines are not models but actual physical things. In between each phase of transformation, we show the Governance and Lobbying disciplines of POET (using Transformation Debt™) which, as you will see later, is the key to making the whole coherent, connected and aligned.

The structure of the Enterprise is represented by the Methods, Artefacts, Culture and Environment of the Enterprise. Each of these is split into two categories. Things that are connected to (use) the IT of the Enterprise and things that are not. So, for example, there are Methods (Processes, etc) that are connected to (use) IT, but there are other processes in the Enterprise that are not connected to (use) IT. This is also true for The Artefacts and Culture columns. The Environment column represents different technologies that the Enterprise uses and is split into one column for Information Technology, and one column for all other technologies (Mechanical, Electrical, Biological, Chemical, etc)

These categories will be used to overlap various frameworks on, so we can see where each fits and where the overlaps or gaps are.

The thick black line across the diagram marks the delineation between Project Portfolio Planning above and Project Execution below.


Zachman is an Enterprise Structure Framework, which maps almost one-to-one to POET’s structural and transformational levels although we also show the missing Perspective and Model.

It should also be noted that this mapping is only general as there are other anomalies such as Zachman’s Architect and Engineer perspectives (shown in Yellow and Green) which are actually fundamental perspectives which occur at all levels not just at one.


TOGAF is mostly a Project IT Architecture (PITA) framework, for two reasons:

¨      Vertically although it includes some Roadmapping it is mainly concerned with projects, but only goes down to the Elaboration level, playing only a governance role to Construction and Transitioning.

¨      Horizontally the blue boxes show that it only covers IT things in the Environment column and does not cover any other technologies. It only covers the Methods connected to IT, the Artefacts connected to IT and does not cover Culture at all.


COBIT is an IT Governance & Management Framework, and covers Roadmapping and all project phases, plus the Operations domain (of IT Services).


¨      ITIL is a Service Management Framework. In its original form, it only covered the Service Operation or Management area, but over recent years has grown up the transformation stack although its domain is still only really IT Services.


¨      IT4IT is a reference model for the IT used by the IT department of an Enterprise. Its width is narrow because it shows that it does not cover the IT for the entire Enterprise, but only the IT used for the IT department of the Enterprise. It does, however, extend up into the Roadmapping and Strategy phases, and down into the support area also.


¨      DevOps is a software development framework. It is a mindset, a culture, and a set of technical practices that combines software development (Dev) and information technology operations (Ops) to shorten the systems development life cycle while delivering features, fixes, and updates frequently .in close alignment with business objectives.


PEAF is an Enterprise Architecture Framework, for two reasons:

¨      Vertically - it covers the Strategising and Roadmapping phases and is therefore concerned more with strategic cross-project things rather than tactical project‑specific things. It is concerned with projects a little, but only from the EA Governance perspective - down to projects and Lobbying up from Projects - This is where the concept of Transformation Debt™ comes in that you will see later.

¨      Horizontally - it covers the entire enterprise including but NOT LIMITED to IT. It covers the Methods, Artefacts, Culture and (technology) Environment of the entire Enteprise.


PEEF is an Enterprise Engineering Framework, for two reasons:

¨      Vertically - it covers the Initiating to Transitioning phases and is therefore concerned more with tactical project-specific things rather than strategic cross-project things. It is concerned with the entirety of projects.

¨      Horizontally - it covers the entire enterprise including but NOT LIMITED to IT.


Questions to ponder...

Do you agree with this mapping? If not what would you change?

Which Frameworks do you use?

Which overall framework for Transformation do you use to map other to?

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