Sustained Value-Creation Architecture
Sustained Value-Creation Architecture (SVCA) is rooted in the insight that People, Information, and Action are the fundamental dimensions that define organizational performance and therefore are fundamental to architecture.
What is SVCA?
Lifescale Analytics has evolved Sustained Value-Creation Architecture (SVCA) from our broad experiences in establishing strategic architecture. It is a pragmatic yet disciplined approach to defining a strategic Enterprise Architecture (EA) and for delivering business solutions based upon it. In evolving SVCA, we not only evaluated best practices and experiences with architecture, but also analyzed common failure points that cause more that 80% of organizations to fall short of the desired value of their investment. We identified three root causes that result in failure of architecture initiatives:
- Lack of business relevance
- Lack of buy-in and ownership from the general IT community
- Lack of sustainability
LSA's approach and practices are specifically aimed at addressing these failure points. Our practice focus on understanding the operations, needs, and culture of the business, and then developing an architecture program and approach based on that understanding. In addition, we know an architecture program is not sustainable on its own. It can only be sustained over time by integrating architecture practices into IT planning, project and portfolio management, business & IT governance and strategic decision making. This integrated approach to the business and technology architectures creates sustained IT efficiencies and strategic business assets.
SVCA is based on established best practices derived from The Open Group Architecture Framework (TOGAF), Zachman Framework, Unified Modeling Language (UML), Model Driven Architecture (MDA), the Rational Unified Process (RUP) and Agile Development methods. While SVCA represents a comprehensive set of concepts and processes, we do not ascribe to a one-size-fits-all approach. We understand the importance of applying only the elements that are applicable to a client’s particular need. In particular, we understand the importance of knowing where to start and then choosing incremental steps toward quickly achieving results from an architecture program.