The concern for most of the higher managements and the CxO level executives, is to promote dynamic growth and at the same time optimize the operational cost. This is quite a challenging task.
Although agilility is a critical component of most modern enterprise strategies, the key is going about change in an effective and sustainable way.
The word “Agility” is inferred differently by different groups of people. But in general, for the common crowd, “agility is all about being fast“
Does Agile really means Fast ?
Not at all!! The underlying premise driving towards business agility is that such agility delivers superior business value, but what the haste to achieve agility might results in low quality. And moreover the speed of change is unsustainable from a business operational perspective, which might lead to deteriorating efficiency
If the current business cannot paceup with the changes that are being incorporated, the efficiency and the quality of the product gets HIT badly – which might actually result in drop of customers.
Its like mortgaging the company’s future by over-investing and taking too many risks. What is the point in preparing for the future if in the process you ruin your current business?
The following things must be in place for agile change to be valuable over time:
- Choose the right changes that deliver better business outcomes with the least amount of resources and disruption.
- Maintain business performance and integrity while executing change.
Agility is not really about speed but is about choosing the right changes and implementing those changes the right way in a timely fashion.
To sum-up : “A balance between the efficiency and effectiveness is very important for smooth movement of business and achieving the milestones based on sustainable changes”
The long-term effectiveness is actually based on continuous business re-engineering towards strategic objectives.Along with the strategic journey, an enterprise also needs to compliment, continuously adjust and optimize the current state efficiency to maintain business integrity and performance
A quick snapshot of a happy Enterprise Business Application architecture:
Please do share a thoughts and inputs on Agility at Enterprise level and correct me if my understanding is wrong.
This blog is based on the reading that have been doing recently on “Combining Business Process Management and Enterprise Architecture for Better Business Outcomes” – IBM Redbook.
Happy Learning!! 🙂