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In Business Process, KPI, MIS and many other contexts the concept of commonality is seen as being very desirable.  After all, why should separate parts of the same organisation operate differently and use different systems to do so……it just makes things harder and more costly to implement, share, re-use and/or outsource doesn’t it?

Well, there is certainly truth in the preceding sentiment.  Of course you can equally also argue the reverse.  That unique circumstances require unique solutions, that different customers from different cultures need different handling, that there is a not insignificant up-front cost and time implication for multi-site harmonisation…….or just simply that one size does not fit all!

So where does this ‘push-me-pull-me’ debate get us?  Well most frequently, at this high level of discussion, not very far.  It does however help frame a pertinent question…….how common is common enough?

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Data – The Poor Relation with a Big Say

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To some use of the word ‘data’ signals the beginning of one of the most boring, technically esoteric and generally useless topics of discussion they can imagine.  Data model, data dictionary, data schema, data cleansing, data coding & classification……or just plain old data. HELP!  How much boredom and technophobia can one person be expected to […]

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The Ratchet – An Approach to Business Change that Works when Others Won’t

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Business Architecture – Virtual Working: A Green Productivity, Cost Containment and Morale Boosting Opportunity ‘All-in-One’

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Is this yet another article about the sort of business architecture that discusses the construction of environmentally friendly, eco-efficient buildings that recycle their own waste for power and have vast acreages of grass for a roof? Nope, sorry, everyone looking for that sort of business architecture article should stop here. Having said that, this business […]

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Business Architecture – The Power of Knowledge Standardisation and Re-use

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One thing everyone on the Biz4ge team has noticed is that whilst the concept of business architecture is not new, it is not exactly in common use either. We have also noticed that where it is practiced, to demonstrably good effect, tends to be in the larger national or international organisations who are often the […]

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Business Architecture – Your Ticket to Value-led ‘Fast-track’ Delivery

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Business Architecture – Lean-Six-Sigma’s (Un)Natural Bedfellow

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Cats and dogs living in harmony, bright sunshine the weekend of the big BBQ and used car salesmen standing behind their guarantees. These are just a few of the unnatural events that some say also includes business architects and their business blueprints cooperating with lean-six-sigma black belts and their value stream maps. However, on closer […]

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Business Architecture – The Open Road to Open Source Software

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Yippee-ki yi- yay…….that well-worn ‘old west’ cowboy cry that some would not find out of keeping with the popular image in some quarters of open source software. Most of us have heard about open source software and many of us think we have a sense of what it is about. Many of us see it […]

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