Business Case Development
Braestone has considerable experience and capability developing sound business cases that have helped public and private organisations identify and justify proposed initiatives.
We ensure that any investment or allocation of assets and resources being requested is supported by a specific business need and robust investment analysis.
We also assist in the review and prioritisation of multiple disparate business cases. To do so, business drivers are reviewed and analysed. The objectives of each case are assessed and competing business needs, reviewed scaled and prioritised.
Braestone provides two types of Delivery Assurance:
‘Periodic’: Point in time ‘health check’ reviews, assessing and reporting on current state performance.
‘Continuous’: an ongoing assurance, monitoring and measuring, service ensuring outcomes focused quality delivery.
These services can be provided from portfolio, program, project or technical perspectives depending on the environment and specific assistance required.
Braestone’s Delivery Assurance Services focus on determining if organisations are outcome focused: We verify project performance and effectiveness, we measure product quality, assess whether the correct products are in place and crucially, whether business outcomes are on track.
We also offer a coaching and mentoring service as part of a corrective plan where required.
Our Delivery Assurance Services typically complement an organisation’s own internal compliance activities that can be process focused, and typically focused on adherence to company standards, processes, methodologies and reporting.
Program and Project Management
The provision of program and project management services has been a key service offering of Braestone since inception. Our services in this area have supported a wide range of different organisations in the State Government, Education, Oil and Gas, Healthcare and Insurance sectors.
Our project management approach is based on a tailored version of PRINCE2, with Managing Successful Programmes (MSP) providing the basis for program management activities.
Every assignment we conduct, however large or small, is underpinned by solid project management disciplines with a clear statement of scope and objectives, timeframes, costs, risks and issue management controls.
A key element of our service offerings also includes a project assurance service. This can include either a periodic health check of a project or the provision of continuous independent monitoring and advice of a major ongoing initiative. The independence of our service is often valued as a key risk mitigation investment by our customers’ board members and senior stakeholders.
Architecture and Project Office Establishment
Braestone has extensive experience in the implementation and management of Enterprise Architecture Offices (EOAs) and Project Management Offices (PMOs) for organisations. Typically, our involvement is required where customers understand there is a need to raise overall levels of competency in the relevant area.
Key elements of the service we offer include the development of templates, standards and guidelines; the provision of training and mentoring for internal staff; and the regular review and reporting of in-flight activities to management.
We have provided a PMO service capability to a wide range of major organisations, including a multinational mining company that required Braestone’s project management office to coordinate project management office services across more than 50 concurrent IT projects.
We have also provided our EOA services to several large organisations in the Utilities, State Government and Education sectors.
Organisational Change Management
Braestone specialises in the delivery of Organisational Change Management Services in support of major IT related program initiatives. Braestone has developed a bespoke methodology based on the ‘Prosci®’ model and associated principles. This has been applied successfully across a range of organisations.
The approach commences with a Change Readiness Review which seeks to evaluate the change culture within an organisation. This is coupled with the development of change management strategies that aim to identify and address potential risks to the successful implementation of change.
This can extend to identifying the need to re-align processes, evaluate organisational structures, re-purpose and develop staff and ensure the effective engagement and management of stakeholders through the change process.
Braestone’s Organisational Change Management services have been provided to several multi-million dollar program initiatives over many years.
Business Process Improvement
Business Process Improvement is about optimising the operations of a business to improve efficiency and effectiveness. This encompasses capturing the business requirements and designing the appropriate organisational structures, roles and processes that enable the effective use of technology.
Our Business Improvement approach leverages the Business Analysis Body of Knowledge (BABOK) best practices, Six Sigma methods and integrates with our Solution Architecture Method to provide the business input to the development of the Solution Architecture. Like our Solution Architecture Method, our approach captures the business requirements and assesses the business model and process improvement options at three stages with each stage drilling into more detail. These stages are:
- Enterprise Analysis – this stage involves developing the business idea within the context of the current business environment and assessing its feasibility.
- Scoping – this stage builds on the Enterprise Analysis stage to define the initial business scope and requirements of initiatives.
- Business Requirements – this stage formerly documents the objectives that an organisation is seeking to achieve and provides a clear business direction that will drive the conceptual architecture development.
Subsequent to the assessment stages, the business requirements are supplemented with functional and non-functional requirements that define the specific solution requirements. The end state business processes are then finalised and put into action.
Braestone’s Business Analysts are highly experienced practitioners who can apply a range of techniques and methods to capture, analyse and design efficient business solutions. They can work on large scale projects in collaboration with Solution Architects and Change Managers, or as individuals as a Business Process Improvement Adviser.
Solution Architecture aims to encapsulate the scope of a business initiative and define the overall design that will realise the business requirements. Braestone has applied The Open Group Architecture Framework (TOGAF®) to develop a Solution Architecture Method (SAM) that is integrated with our Project Delivery Method.
Our Solution Architecture Method uses a three-stage assessment process that progressively drills down into more detail at each stage to confirm the feasibility of business initiatives. If at any stage, the feasibility is not justified, the initiative should be stopped and funding re-directed to other potential initiatives.
Braestone’s Solution Architects can adapt our process to your project delivery method or apply it in combination with our Project Delivery Method. The key to success is ensuring that the business requirements drive the solution architecture which in turn drives the project cost estimate. When this order is upset, the chance of a successful business outcome is diminished.
Braestone’s Solution Architects are TOGAF® accredited and experienced in working in a range of project environments including large scale system implementations, custom software development, and infrastructure and technology platform implementations. They have a broad range of business and technical skills that they apply to ensure successful business outcomes within the project’s financial and time constraints.
We believe successful projects require business ownership, leadership and collaboration. Our Solution Architects are leaders in their discipline and can work effectively with a broad range of business and technical stakeholders to define a clear and understandable solution architecture. This provides the whole project team and its stakeholders a clear direction to work towards collaboratively.
Integration Architecture enables a portfolio of business applications to communicate effectively to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of business processes. It is closely related to Information Architecture and Application Architecture that support the identification of ‘information sources of truth’. This in turn supports the logical flow of information between applications, which is the backbone of the integration architecture.
Our integration architecture approach leverages our Solution Architecture Method that is based upon The Open Group Architecture Framework (TOGAF). We tailor our approach to your specific requirements, but will typically touch on the following areas:
- Business process analysis
- Logical data modelling and analysis
- Application portfolio analysis and mapping to business processes
- Logical data flow analysis
- Integration platform and product assessment
- Integration pattern development
- Service contract and specification
Braestone’s Integration Architects are experienced practitioners that will ensure your integration is architected in a robust, scalable and cost effective manner that will suite the requirements of your business. They have experience across a variety of integration platforms including Oracle, MuleSoft and Tibco.