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Architecture and strategy – simplicity, agility and value

8/09/2014 by

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The importance of building an efficient IT infrastructure cannot be understated as a standardised environment allows a business to flourish in the digital age. Large corporations are now moving Enterprise Architecture Management (EAM) away from the technical expertise of IT departments in order to dovetail strategies with wider business objectives. This ensures that the IT architecture program leader is both technically proficient and able to introduce changes across the organisation. An efficient EAM strategy focuses on the business model, the application landscape and infrastructure and aligns them with a core set of business capabilities. This shared vision improves continuity, reduces development labour costs and enables a business to sustain the benefits of implementation over an extended period.

It is obvious that business and IT must be synchronised to thrive during times of change. Adopting common architectures and implementing standard technologies allows businesses to innovate, expand and introduce new services and products without the fear of ageing legacy systems impacting on their profitability. The simplicity of IT assets also allows an IT environment to adapt to the growth of business while being managed more effectively in the long term.

Collaboration solutions are central to this simplicity and the success of an IT infrastructure, as they facilitate teamwork through information exchange regardless of location or other complications. Social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter and the tools they provide via chat, blogs and posts improve communication and data sharing significantly. Groupware and Enterprise portals are two other collaboration methods businesses in the Data and Analytics and Cyber Security sectors are now using to aggregate content and improve IT processes across the enterprise. This also lends itself to consolidating and centralising technology resources, another key component in an efficient IT infrastructure that improves document recovery, delivery and security while reducing complexity in beneficial areas.

Leveraging the cloud and systems provided by Oracle and Microsoft is the latest challenge for large corporations. The exciting developments in cloud-based technology have shifted expectations again within the IT management landscape, as service delivery and consumption habits change dramatically. Innovative ERP and CRM systems are central to the simplification of processes as they facilitate faultless production and transactions while offering agility and value through the freedom to scale, grow and innovate on a daily basis. The rise of the cloud has also led to a rise in IT leaders bypassing internal IT entirely in favour of external providers. Whatever tomorrow’s innovation may be, it is important that organisations have a system in place to adapt and thrive.

This article has been written by Oliver Whiting- Head of Information Technology practice, for more information or a detailed discussion please contact Oliver on: +44 (0)20 7014 0230 or email oliverw@montash.com

Montash is a multi-award winning, global technology recruitment firm. Specialising in permanent and contract positions across mid-senior appointments which cover a wide range of industry sectors and IT functions, including:

ERP, BI & Data, Information Security, IT Architecture & Strategy, Energy Technologies, Demand IT and Business Engagement, Digital and E-commerce, Infrastructure and Service Delivery, Project and Programme Delivery.

With offices based in London, Montash has completed assignments in over 30 countries and has appointed technical professionals from board level to senior and mid-management in permanent and contract roles.

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