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Turn Savings into Business Innovations

Business leaders must constantly manage the top line and the bottom line simultaneously. But would they get enough revenue to achieve their ambitious goals without innovation or digital transformation? In our digital era, growing a business without a digital presence is becoming less and less probable.

Henning Kagermann, a former CEO of SAP, used this innovation strategy funded by IT cost savings. Today, CIOs have to manage their business with stagnant or even shrinking budgets and be capable of driving innovation for their business leaders.

How To Develop Your ERP Roadmap?

1. Analyze your as-is technical architecture

Your As-Is Architecture (Current Architecture) represents how systems, applications, and infrastructure are currently structured and interconnected and encompasses hardware, software, networks, and databases.

The as-is technical architecture analysis results serve as the starting point for assessing strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats. INNOVAD strongly focuses on identifying pain points, bottlenecks, and inefficiencies. These insights drive decisions for future enhancements or migrations.

The deliverable is documentation, including diagrams, system inventories, and descriptions. It helps stakeholders visualize the existing landscape and facilitates communication among technical teams (see Fig. 1).

The as-is technical architecture is the prerequisite for any technical roadmap planning.

Fig. 1 Example of an As-Is Technical Architecture.

2. Analyze your actual business process architecture

An As-Is business process is a detailed overview of the current state of a company’s process, culture, and capabilities. It outlines how information flows through the organization.

This analysis aims to provide a baseline for identifying areas for improvement, optimizing the use of resources, and ultimately increasing efficiency and productivity.

You and INNOVAD can develop strategies to eliminate bottlenecks, reduce manual work, and digitize the overall business processes.

Fig. 2 As-is Business Process Architecture

3. Identify the pain points

Mapping the business processes onto the technical architecture allows us to identify quickly the ‘low-hanging fruits’ to improve business processes.

A “Swim Lane Diagram” is a flowchart that visualizes who does what within which IT system in any given business process.

The Swim Lane Diagram shows connections, communication, and handoffs between different roles. Its visualization reveals responsibilities, manual work steps, inefficiencies, and bottleneck in a process (see Fig.3 as an example).

Fig.3 Business Process Analysis and Pain Points.


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