Architecture Foundation

A strong Architectural foundation is a competitive edge and a growth engine

For many years the Architecture department has often fallen short of executives’ expectations. They have underperformed in core activities. Many outside of have seen their technology counterparts as r as merely a cost center, and leaders have struggled to secure a seat in strategy discussions.  

But now, the value of their Architecture function is viewed more positively. A majority of organizations agree that their EA function’s performance will help differentiate their overall business from that of competitors.

However, most EA departments face challenges in improving their performance.

Our Framework for Optimization

Our optimization Framework, is a battle-tested playbook that has a proven track record in helping our clients succeed in setting up and improving the performance of their Architecture function.

We have distilled our two decades of experience in architecture into the framework – it consists of 4 main areas and 13 main objectives.

Use Tech to Improve Business Performance


Enhance customer and staff experience

  • Journey map current customer and staff experiences.
  • Map capabilities that need improving.
  • Identify the key improvements to get journeys closer to the ideal vision.

Improve systems and processes

  • Develop roadmaps that plan the improvements, execute and manage them.
  • Improve both systems and processes needed to mature capabilities.

Use tech to create new business opportunities

  • Conduct regular market scans to identify technologies that are ready to use and can help the business.
  • Identify innovative use cases, pilot and scale them.

Get Projects Done Faster


Organize people by products or platforms

  • Organize teams around products and platforms, remove traditional functional and organizational silos that slow down transformations.

Remove Blockers

  • Establish practices and processes that enable teams to deliver solutions faster.
  • Increase awareness of how the overall technology landscape operates.
  • Improve how integrations are built/managed.
  • Improve how data, reporting and analytics is managed.
  • Guide teams with solution architecture & design.
  • Publish standards / guidelines for to promote greater standardization.

Enhance Talent &  Partnerships

  • Plan the talent needed to support the new model.
  • Source and or reskilling teams in preparation.
  • Transition technology partnerships to be outcome-based rather than time and materials.

Optimize Value/Cost of Tech


Operate IT at the optimal ost

  • Reduce redundancies using portfolio rationalization techniques.
  • Reduce procurement duplications.
  • Reduce spend on low-value apps.

Get the maximum value out of existing applications

  • Assess the business and technical fit of applications vs business roadmap.
  • Increase awareness of the capabilities of each application.

Make optimal use of Cloud

  • Identify applications most suited to cloud migration (IaaS, SaaS, PaaS, etc.)
  • Establish a cloud migration approach for applications that qualify.

Have a reliable IT asset inventory

  • Develop and maintain a repository applications, tools, interfaces and IT components.
  • Track who uses which of these assets and for what.

Optimize Tech & Security Risk


Reduce risks of technical Debt

  • Find aging tech & create Remediation Plans.
  • Develop funding models.
  • Reduce future tech debt through greater awareness & monitoring.

Optimize security using a risk-based approach

  • Capture security risk indicators by Applications, Data, Interfaces, and IT Components.
  • Provide visibility into security risks within the IT Asset portfolio based on their impact on the business or on sensitive data.


  • Build security seamlessly into solutions so that security and privacy protections is baked, rather than adding them after solutions development is complete.
case example

Guiding a leading global Game Developer to setup their Architecture Repository

Our Client, a leading global game developer purchased LeanIX to better manage its growing landscape consisting of approximately 1000 applications.

Our client was focused on creating a reliable source of information for its applications, IT tools, interfaces, infrastructure, and linkages to those who use them for business purposes.

We helped our client to setup and adopt LeanIX to reduce redundancies and inform internal users of the applications and tools they already own, streamlining the intake process and establishing a mature architecture repository.
case example

Maturing the IT/Enterprise Architecture Practice of an Asset Management Firm

Our client a leading investment and asset management company, sought our help to ma their IT / Architecture practice.

We assessed their current maturity and established a plan to help improve the practices in several phases - starting with assisting them to form and publish their Architecture Vision and Principles, and establishing LeanIX as their enterprise architecture repository.

In the next phase, we helped them develop their Integration Strategy, departmental technology roadmaps, and their innovation framework.

The innovation framework helped scout the market and conduct pilots with promising new technologies that could boost business performance

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