Every day, Troux customers are using our business suite of applications and platform to deliver bottom line results.
By locating where IT spending and programs are redundant or out-of-step with business strategy, Troux customers are experiencing immediate cost savings as well as step changes to ongoing IT efficiency, business response, and risk reduction.
SWIP was able to capture and store mission-critical information from six enterprise portfolios spanning business architecture, applications, goals and strategy, investments, technology and information.
Mosaic is a multi-billion dollar global Fortune 500 company that helps the world grow the food it needs. When the company's CIO laid out a vision for IT a plan was developed to support the change from a tactical approach to decision-making toward a strategic approach that would focus on business outcomes and measurable contribution to Mosaic’s long-term success. This meant Mosaic's IT team needed to be more efficient, reduce rework, and provide guidance that would help business leaders make better decisions.
As California’s largest State department, the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation is continually under pressure to streamline operations and more tightly control costs. To make things even more challenging CDCR was faced with managing the consolidation of multiple departments in the midst of their cost control efforts. The CDCR team found itself governing and managing terabytes of data as well as a complex array of hardware and software with few enterprise procedures and a lack of enterprise-defined technology standards. That’s when CDCR decided to partner with Troux to expand EA into a mature, strategic program that allowed the department to strategically align IT investments with business strategies and functions, exposing new opportunities for CDCR.
Building the investment case for Enterprise Architecture (EA) requires speaking the language of business and delivering quick and ongoing returns. That was the advice from Bodhi Choudhuri, director of Enterprise Architecture at American Express, during Troux’ recent Building the Business Case for EA Webinar.
Despite changes in leadership and business structure, the EA effort at semiconductor giant AMD is growing and thriving. The reason: It provides consistent business value. In her presentation at the Troux Worldwide Conference, AMD IT Relationship Manager Tannia Dobbins explained the importance of focusing on business problems, building a team that can survive leadership changes and leveraging Troux as a sole repository of architecture information.
The Volkswagen Group has lofty goals of doubling sales worldwide by 2018. To help its global parent succeed, Volkswagen Group of America had to adopt standard yet flexible IT platforms, processes and architectures so it can build new capabilities just as VW builds multiple brands of cars from standard platforms. To that end, Volkswagen Group of America CIO Warren Ritchie launched an EA practice to gather, in a systematic and rigorous way, information about the processes and technology critical to VW’s U.S. sales and marketing arm. He proved EA’s worth by successfully managing the move to a new outside IT service provider, achieving more than 100% ROI in risk mitigation alone and using EA to implement new projects faster and at a lesser cost.
To ensure your EA initiative delivers business value, focus on the needs of the business community from analysts to middle managers to senior leaders. Present the information using visualizations they find useful, rather than trying to teach them EA models. Let business users describe architecture components using terms they are comfortable with, and make sure you can quickly deliver finished architectures when users demand them. Those are the lessons USAA’s architecture team has learned in its five year push to move EA from an IT-centered function to a vital solution for business planning and strategy at the financial services giant. As USAA has grown to 23,000 employees and 8.2 million members, the rate and magnitude of change has resulted in a level of complexity that requires a single cross-discipline, cross-organization architecture team.
Dell’s entrepreneurial culture helped it grow into a global enterprise. But as Dell grew, disparate applications and processes made it harder to meet competitive challenges and comply with stricter financial regulations. Using a “simple is better” approach, Dell has been successfully using the Troux EA platform and business suite of applications to cut complexity, optimize IT delivery and improve operational performance. According to Tom Philbin, senior enterprise architect at the global information technology and services vendor, Dell’s EA group is well on its way to trimming 7,000 strategic applications to fewer than 100, delivering more than 60 strategic initiatives supporting $55 billion in revenue, while enabling $200 million in hard-dollar savings and another $300 million in cost avoidance.
Sandra McCoy and her EA team at Kaiser Permanente have used Troux to create standards to guide, rather than force, business users to abandon overlapping, wasteful or non-supported applications. The effort is leading business managers to question technology assumptions and even ask for standards in areas such as lab and radiology systems. All this helps the sprawling insurer and health care provider drive down costs while increasing the effectiveness of health care, she recently told attendees at Troux’s Worldwide Conference.
Speaking at the EA & CIOs: State of Union Webinar, Frank Malta, Chief Architect and Executive Director of Enterprise Architecture at pharmaceutical giant Merck described how he has used Troux to help Merck reduce costs and improve agility as it copes with increasing cost pressures, expensive and inflexible legacy systems, and its November 2009 merger with Schering-Plough.
Modern organizations are complex, and that can make IT governance complicated as well. At the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), decisions such as which applications to decommission used to be hobbled by conflicting requirements, unclear lines of authority, conflicting timelines, and even a lack of common terminology and knowledge of enterprise architecture among decision makers.
Xavier Ruvilly, Enterprise Architect at Alstom Power had no doubt what his CEO expected of him when the company launched its Decommissioning Task Force in early 2010: shave 20 percent a year from the IT budget at the global giant in power generation. With a “spaghetti-like mess” of more than 3,000 applications serving upwards of 70,000 users, deciding and efficiently determining which can safely be removed required a no-nonsense approach. A disciplined strategy, and the use of Troux’s Application Portfolio Management (APM) program, has Alstom on track to save €4 million in the first year of the project.
Discover Financial Services was selected to receive the award for its Enterprise Architecture Repository project, built with the Troux Transformation Platform™ and companion application Troux Standards™. As a result of the project, and related improvements, Discover Financial realized $4.4 million in IT savings and/or cost avoidance in 2009; in the first quarter of 2010 it documented $390,000 worth of savings
Beiersdorf has selected the Troux Transformation Platform and enlisted its Enterprise Architecture Management expertise to help drive a major strategic planning effort across the organization. The purpose of the Troux-related projects is for Beiersdorf to better understand and manage the usage of IT applications worldwide and improve IT alignment with business models and processes.
Vattenfall, one of the world’s largest energy companies, with operations stretching across Europe, has selected Troux software to simplify and bring transparency to the management of IT resources across the organization.
AMD, a leading global technology company, has been a Troux customer for several years. AMD initially used Troux to establish an Enterprise Architecture Repository and a standards management program. Recently, and as part of a larger strategic initiative, AMD turned to Troux 8 and Troux Alignment to provide transparency and improve communication with the business by linking the repository data to business processes.
CPS Energy selected Troux's Strategic IT Planning solutions to provide the enterprise-wide visibility and framework for automating CPS Energy’s corporate-wide IT information aggregation, as well as providing the foundation for investment planning, and technology risk analysis. Troux will serve as the basis to drive greater business efficiencies and bring new capabilities to market while maintaining low costs to CPS Energy's customers.
Following an extensive evaluation of Enterprise Architecture and Business Process Modeling software solutions, Troux was selected by Seco Tools, based on its sole ability to enable and support a number of transformations planned by Seco Tools, part of the world's largest tools manufacturing group.
Fiducia, the leading German IT services company for the financial services industry, manages the IT infrastructures of more than 800 branches. The company had a number of functional planning tools for its complex and dynamic IT infrastructure, but these worked in isolation and did not provide the instant intelligence needed to manage the interdependencies between processes, services, applications, projects, assets and employees. To improve strategic IT planning, Fiducia selected Troux to manage change, report on IT resources more effectively and optimize the overall IT landscape.
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