All posts by Kasun Siriwardene

Business Transformation and Architecture – Through the Lens of a Home Transformation

Business Transformation and Architecture – Through the Lens of a Home Transformation

Business transformation is about making significant, perhaps even radical change to a business. Most companies look at this from a digital transformation perspective, but it doesn’t always need to be about digitisation. Transformation centres around introducing significant change across the people, process and systems landscape in a business to achieve the target end state as per the strategy. I want […]

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Business Baggage – Is technology complexity holding your business back?

Working in the Solution Architecture space, our architects increasingly deal with complex business processes and correspondingly, complex technology solutions. However, is this increase in complexity holding your business back? A key observation that we see frequently is the lack of willingness to challenge the business process complexity. The business, architects, and vendors take on the challenge of introducing a complex […]

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One crucial element Solution Architects forget to focus on

A little while back I had the opportunity to be part of a discussion with a number of IT leaders from some of Australia’s largest companies from varying industries. The discussion echoed one of the key pain points with their IT solutions I believe Solution Architects forget to focus and provide sufficient thinking around. When looking at solutions, as expected, the […]

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How to be an Effective, Pragmatic and Business Value Focused Solution Architect

In a fast changing and disruptive business environment, becoming an effective Solution Architect can be challenging. The following are some key points that make an effective, pragmatic and a business value focused Solution Architect, who can make a difference to a business.  Avoid Perfection – One thing I frequently say to people is that I am not a purist architect. I do […]

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Understanding the architecture layers are essential for a mature architecture practice

Having worked across various architecture practices, I am convinced that having clearly defined architecture layers and boundaries for each architecture discipline is crucial for driving successful outcomes. On many occasions, architects stray across these boundaries, making the accountability and decision-making lines unclear. This can lead to conflict and confusion where Enterprise Architects (EA) deep dive into too many solution level […]

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Do your IT application investments align to your business strategy?

Many organisations invest millions of dollars on their IT application portfolio to address business needs and goals. In a complex environment, how can we make sure these IT investments (outlined in the IT strategy) align to the overall business strategy? In essence, are the dollars allocated to each application capability proportionate and representative of the return it delivers against the […]

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Do you have a cloud exit strategy?

There is no debate about the importance of cloud solutions and services in the modern IT world. Most large organisations will end up with a combination of on-premise and cloud solutions as their application stack, whereas smaller organisations may opt to rely on an all cloud approach for their application needs. Considering current economic conditions, where budgets are tight and […]

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Understanding “availability” is crucial to implementing IT solutions

In the current business world where an increasing number of solutions are purchased as SaaS or cloud based offerings from vendors, and IT support is getting outsourced to various third party companies, the importance of “availability” in the context of business risk can be easily missed. Usually, this is not well communicated to the business by IT and sometimes not […]

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