Target Structural Model
The Target Model is an aspirational model. In some respects
it is also an inspirational model.
It represents what some people may call the “perfect world”.
Assuming that the definition of a “perfect world” is “something that is not
attainable” then Target Model is not a “perfect world model”. The Target Model
should be attainable given enough resource and time.
The Target Model is also an inspirational model. It provides
a reasonably clear statement as to what the Enterprise would look like in the
future. The more people that understand that in an Enterprise the more chance
it has of attaining it.
Documenting, understanding and distributing a clear
statement of the Target state provides everyone with a goal state to aim at.
This goal state can be created from the current state. However, Defining the
Target state without regard to the current state means although you know where
you are going, you cannot plan how to move from the undefined current state to
the target state. You cannot do gap analysis or intermediate states.
Because it is defining the Enterprise at some point in the
future - usually with a 5-10 year time horizon. Its scope, depth and detail is
not as high as the current model. It is meant to contain a broad brush
definition of the target with only enough detail to convey what is important
about the target.
In order to populate the Target Model, the Enterprise Strategy
Model is required, or at least should be populated at the same time.
The Target Model can be populated without first populating
the Strategy model, however, all the information required to populate the
strategy model is still required and therefore it is usually better to model
this first as modelling the information will clarify and make sure the
information is valid, complete, consistent and correct.
Much like the Strategy Model, once defined the Target Model
is not set in stone.
It is reviewed on an annual basis during the annual business
planning cycle and also whenever a major event causes the Enterprise to
rethinks its Target Model. E.g. A Merger or acquisition.
Provision: Strategic Planning Team.
QA: The Board & Senior Management.
Modelling: Anyone trained in the tool being used.
Update: Strategic Planning Team.
Populating the target model is the result of analysing the
Strategy Model and the Current Model (if it exists).
Analyse the Strategy / Strategy Model
QA the information
Load the information
Integrate the Information