Conexiam Methodology: Navigate

Conexiam Navigate

Best practice enterprise architecture ensures that the central questions the business needs answered are in focus. To achieve tight focus, you must ruthlessly minimize the information gathered, analyzed, stored and maintained. Every component that used in a models in an EA repository must be maintained, as well as every relationship and property. The number of interim architecture states and options analyzed multiplies the information maintenance burden.

Conexiam Navigate is designed to address this problem. Conexiam’s Navigate is an extensible enterprise architecture meta-model and standardized set of templates and deliverables. Core Navigate contains the absolute minimum information. Specialized purposes, like project and portfolio management (PPM), road mapping, governance, risk and compliance (GRC), business process improvement, service architecture, information architecture, and integration architecture are provided as fully integrated extensions to the core.

The repository is only the start. Information gathering and analysis are supported by presentation stock, information gathering templates and usage Guides. The Guides are aimed at the architect providing method and guidance on gathering, analyzing and reporting on the architecture.

Central purposes of enterprise architecture

Typically, there are four broad purposes of an EA Capability:

  • EA to support Strategy: provide an end-to-end target architecture, and develop roadmaps of change over longer time periods. In this context, architecture is used to identify change initiatives and supporting portfolio and programs.
  • EA to support Portfolio: Deliver EA to support cross-functional, multi-phase, and multi-project change initiatives. In this context, architecture is used to identify projects, set their terms of reference, align their approaches, identify synergies, and govern their execution.
  • EA to support Project: Deliver EA to support the Enterprise’s project delivery method to assure compliance with architectural governance, and to support the integration and alignment between projects.
  • EA to support Solution Deployment: Deliver EA that is used to support solution deployment by defining how the change will be designed and delivered, and finally, act as a governance framework for change.

Navigate Structure

Navigate is an optimized content framework. It includes

  • How to describe an architecture
    Extensible content metamodel built on a end-to-end core
  • Support for gathering information
    Structured gathering templates & presentation stock material
  • Support for analysis
    Analytic support and Guides
  • Support for reporting
    Purpose based reporting & presentation stock material
  • Training materials

Conexiam Navigate is designed to address the problem of getting to done.

Core Navigate contains the absolute minimum information. Specialized purposes, like project and portfolio management (PPM), road mappinggovernance, risk and compliance (GRC), business process improvement, service architecture, information architecture, and integration architecture are provided as fully integrated extensions to the core through a Navigate Atlas.

This method leads to smaller information demands and crisp focus on expected value. We gracefully address new critical questions. The exercise is not to gather all the information that might be useful in some potential future.

Conexiam’s Navigate is a flexible enterprise architecture meta-model and standardized set of templates and deliverables. Specialized Atlases extended Navigate seamlessly.

Navigate Roadmap Atlas

Conexiam’s roadmap atlas is designed to provide the information and techniques to produce a roadmap efficiently.

Best-practice roadmaps highlight change options and value statements that facilitate hard trade-off choices.

For decision-makers, the Navigate roadmap identifies key business problems about target, change implications and alignment with overall strategy. The roadmap enables policy makers to guide change and make effective investment choices.  For implementers, Navigate specifies the guidelines and standards required for every project to realize the target.

Navigate Guides

Conexiam Guides include proven tools and techniques, including:

  • Reference model (e.g. IT4IT, APQC Process Classification Framework)
  • Information gathering templates (e.g. Business Process spreadsheet)
  • Viewpoint Library (for describing, proving and analyzing)
  • Architecture Trade-off Method
  • How-to for formal modeling with Avolution ABACUS®
  • Governance toolset
  • Process touchpoints

Conexiam has used Navigate in a variety of business sectors including utilities, transportation, energy, telecom, defense and financial services.

Throughout Navigate we maintain a standard set of definitions, and purposes. We find it is often more useful to explain the purpose of a specialized term than attempt a definition.