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What is the most important thing to remember about selecting and using Transformation tools?


Use POET to plan how all the tools you use, integrate and work together.

The use of Tools tends to grow out of the need people have to deal with the volume and complexity of the information they use to do their jobs or for people to be able to do things that they could otherwise not do. Configuration Management Tools grew out of the need to deal with the complexity and volume of the information in operations. Software Tools grew out of the complexity and volume of the information related to Software. Requirements Management Tools grew out of the complexity and volume of the information related to Requirements, etc, etc.

A tool could be as simple as a pen and paper but as the complexity and volume of the information rises, it is more common to use software based tools because (if used correctly - “A fool with a tool is still a fool”) they reduce the maintenance burden and can provide analysis and visualisation functions that would otherwise not be possible. The information people use to do their jobs with respect to Enterprise Transformation splits into two fundamental types, Structural information and Transformational Information as defined by MACE and MAGMA. In order for people performing a role at each level of the Transformation Cascade™ to be effective and efficient, they need access not only to the primary information at their level but also, in decreasing amounts, to the information at other levels.

Many Enterprises buy many tools but these tools are usually bought as point solutions without much consideration as to how they integrate into a whole. POET shows the scope of information that each tool requires access to and thereby shows the large amount of overlap of information between tools. Each tool must not only be able to deal with the information that is required as an output for that phase, but each tool must also be able to relate that information to information at the level above (which provides the context) and to the level below (for impact analysis). In this way a coherent approach to selecting an integrated transformation tool portfolio is required.

POET provides the framework to enable Enterprises to take a coherent and holistic view of the Tools used for Enterprise Transformation.

This may in fact, require the sub-optimisation of some or all of the tools!

A logical view may be to use one tool for the Enterprise Architecture Model and one Tool for the Enterprise Engineering Model. However, since there is (by definition) more detail in the Engineering Model it might be more logical to use multiple Tools at that level. It would also be logical to think that those tools may be aligned more around the Disciplines and Roles used rather than levels themselves.

The Blue lines indicate areas where specific tools could fit. While these lines may be moved for individual Enterprises based on the needs and maturity, it should be noted that what is of more importance is how the interfaces between these tools work as shown by the red boxes.


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