|Reducing the risk, cost and time to deployment of new business systems||
The neXus supports and coordinates Business Transformation activities of operational organizations, information technology, human capacity management, and facilities. Analysts and Team Leaders in each of these organizations are the front line users of the neXus. Managers and executives are the ultimate buyers and beneficiaries of nDyn products.
The Knowledge neXus provides support and benefit on projects and programs that carry out change processes. Changes may be limited to the introduction of new information technology where business process modeling and software analysis are applied. Or the changes may be as wide as those of a company moving to incorporate internet technologies with their bricks and mortar store fronts.
Applications for the neXus are found throughout the business. Every organization that is undergoing change is a candidate user of the neXus. Organizations across the business will find the neXus a powerful tool for leveraging their Visio investment. The neXus is aimed at customers and users that are faced with the challenges of changing the way they operate.
Benefits to individual, team and organizational users are highlighted in the figure below and summarized in the paragraphs that follow.
Analysts Individuals using the neXus take advantage of the analysis, knowledge management and diagramming (for each specialty) capabilities. The neXus enhances the analytical process by providing a a vocabulary for the discussion of business operations. Knowledge neXus tools increase the productivity of the individual by integrating and managing knowledge within the users professional life.
Team Leaders Teams (or projects) using the neXus to support single projects gain benefits beyond those accrued by each individual user. Knowledge sharing among the team provides an incremental increase in productivity. The shared vocabulary of business operations enhances the teams ability to understand and solve business problems. The neXus provides the methods and tools to align team members around "blueprints" and "specifications" for their change project.
Managers Transformation Programs using the neXus benefit from cross functional alignment of efforts that have previously been very difficult to attain. The integration of human capacity with information technology and operational organizations results in cost reduction, risk reduction and reduction of time to deployment of business transformation projects.
Executives When businesses as a whole adopt the knowledge management and business transformation tools provided by the Nexus and Architect they gain strategic benefits including: organizational alignment to strategy, increased organizational intelligence, and increased capacity to change.
Progressive adoption of the neXus results in increasing benefits to our customers. Individuals using the Nexus and Architect gain personal productivity and the organization benefits. When a Business Transformation team adopts the neXus additional tactical benefits accrue in addition to the personal benefits. The time to program completion and its cost may be reduced. More change programs can be completed due to reduced resource demands. Business wide adoption leads to strategic alignment and increased capacity to change.
Businesses are also complex collaborations of people, technology, and machines performing processes to produce products and deliver services. The use of business system engineering processes can reduce risk, reduce cost and reduce time to deployment of transformed business systems. The Organizational alignment brought about by an Business Architecture team using blueprints and specifications leads also to increased capacity to change.
Businesses need to build a culture that is capable of coordinating the efforts of "subcontractors" to meet the strategic needs set by the executive team. The nDyn Knowledge Nexus and Business Architect have been designed to support such cultures. Management of operational knowledge and development of business "blueprints" and specifications are core capabilities of nDyn products.
Consulting organizations competing for eBusiness transformation work can take advantage of nDyn’s methods and tools. The “business system” (or enterprise) engineering approach can be used as a discriminator when competing for business transformation engagements. The primary business benefits to service customers that result from their service provider using nDyn products and processes include:
The concurrent enterprise engineering approach integrating the activities of human resources, and operations with information technology efforts results in shorter project durations. The customer’s change program is accelerated enabling them to deploy eBusiness capabilities sooner, and consequently gaining advantage over their competition.
The concurrent enterprise engineering approach considers people, technology and operations requirements and design issues in an integrated manner at the earliest time possible. This reduces the cost of eliminating requirements and design errors thus reducing the overall cost of the program.
The interfaces between organizations that are typical of serial stovepipe approach introduce errors. The concurrent enterprise engineering approach brings the organizations together from the start. The Knowledge Nexus provides visibility into each of the components, and the blueprints provided by the Business Architect also provide cross organization visibility. The enterprise engineering approach establishes human resource requirements from the start. The integrated learning system approach insures that the staff can be rapidly and economically trained to carry out the new processes using the new technologies.
The enterprise engineering process, the increased cross organizations visibility provided by the Knowledge Nexus, and the grass roots collaboration that goes on during business transformation programs leads to a greater mutual understanding and alignment between organizations. Executives can feel confident that the strategies they endorse will be carried to implementation. Shared development of shared blueprints and specifications for transformation by the Business Architecture team insures that the alignment. Because of the collaborative prociess introduced by the business system engineering approach to transformation, executives can feel confident that their organizations are working together to achieve their stated business objectives.
Knowledge gained through a eBusiness transformation program can be leveraged on subsequent change programs. The body of knowledge can be used as the basis for reasoning about further changes to operations. The Enterprise Knowledge Nexus provides the organization with a language for discussing operational changes with the goal of improving financial performance. The spread and use of the vocabulary of the enterprise supported by the Knowledge Nexus and Business Architect have the effect of increasing the organizations intelligence (in the domains of business operations and financial performance).
The intelligence of an organization describes its ability to change in response to evolving environmental conditions in order to reach its objectives and increase its performance. According to the American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, intelligence is a combination of the capacity to acquire and apply knowledge and the faculty of thought and reason.
The neXus provides the capacity to acquire and apply knowledge of how a business operates to produce bottom line results.
With the body of knowledge available it is possible to begin to reason. Businesses need to reason about how they operate in order to develop options for change. The neXus provides the capabilities to capture and overcome the complexity of knowledge required to understand business operations. With comprehensive operational knowledge available members of transformation teams can examine options for change with confidence.
The neXus extends their minds with connections from their immediate functional concerns to the related implications in other components of the business system.
The neXus provides the ability to acquire knowledge of business operations and the framework for reasoning about how to change them. It thus provides the ability to increase the overall intelligence of business organizations.
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