We know a lot of Chief Architects and CTOs out there are grappling with a similar challenge – how do they address the data silos that run rampant in their organisation’s data centres and private vendor clouds?
Many Chief Architects would jump at the chance to implement an enterprise data services platform, but source material for business cases are sparse: most advice either focuses on data as a revenue stream or on the possibilities opened up by the right BI tools.
With this in mind, Konvergent set out to find a useful case study to share with our network and were pleased to find that our client Arup’s Architecture team were keen to share their story at our Chief Architect Roundtable event in October.
Their story involved spending 3 years working on the design, roadmap and transition architectures for their data services platform (as well as bringing relevant programmes into the fold with PoCs), but every year found themselves missing out on the funding to roll it out.
They had a good solution which offered great potential ROI so they set out on a marcomms mission and secured their funding by:
Their campaign gained strong executive backing to build the platform and a data governance framework for Arup. The success of the programme depended on some key pillars:
Everyone at the roundtable could see how much effort it took to produce a big win like this. It’s fair to say there was some envy around the room as all of those in attendance agreed—yet again—that exec sponsorship is key to making a pioneering initiative like Data services fly. We all celebrated Arup
Architecture’s success at making it over the last hurdle with the platform actually being used for the majority of business operations. Key takeaways from the round table discussions:
The Konvergent Roundtable Community has developed into a dynamic network of chief architects who appreciate learning from, and alongside, their peers. Our guests had this to say about this event:
If you’re a Chief Architect and you would like to join us at our next event, please get in touch with Jeremy Etherington, Konvergent Partner at email@example.com to book your place at our next session.