Strategic Capabilities

IT Capability Assessment

Assessing your organisation’s IT capabilities is vital to understanding the effectiveness of your IT services, and helps in the definition of your future IT organisational structure and delivery model.

Braestone uses a capability assessment approach that enables us to objectively determine the level of maturity of your IT organisation and recommend activities that will address any shortcomings. We also incorporate your future objectives and external trends to provide a holistic implementation plan.

Enterprise Architecture

Our experienced Enterprise Architects can assist your organisation across business, information, application and technology domains.

With an enterprise architecture we can ensure we make the right long-term recommendations for your organisation. This will maximise the return on your investment in IT and minimise the implementation risk.

Braestone has adopted ‘The Open Group Architecture Framework’ (TOGAF®) as its preferred approach to the establishment and ongoing governance of enterprise architecture. TOGAF® is a proven enterprise architecture methodology and framework used by the world's leading organisations to improve the alignment between strategy, execution and ultimately the success of the organisation.

Braestone’s Enterprise Architects are TOGAF® accredited and very experienced in the pragmatic adoption, tailoring and implementation of the framework. Our Enterprise Architects apply the appropriate methods and develop the applicable materials based upon an organisation’s ability to extract value from their work.

One of the success factors of Braestone’s approach to enterprise architecture is the skillset and experience of our Enterprise Architects. They are equally adept at discussing critical business and commercial issues as they are at discussing technology issues and trends. We believe this enables them to communicate more effectively and to gain the trust of key business stakeholders at all levels within an organisation.

We believe successful enterprise architecture efforts require close collaboration with the organisation’s strategic planning process. We believe enterprise architecture should motivate and facilitate business change through the execution of the organisation’s strategic plan.

Enterprise architecture fills the void between business strategy and project implementation by developing the business strategy into robust strategic plans that are supported by a sufficient level design to guide and accelerate the project implementation cycle. Where there are gaps in the business strategy, our multi-skilled architects will be able to collaborate with business stakeholders to fill those gaps.

Cloud Migration

Migrating your IT services to the Cloud is more than just a technology exercise, it’s just as much an IT organisational and financial change. Cloud IT will enable your organisation to leverage high quality, commoditised IT services at a unitised cost without cyclical capital investment to maintain technology currency. The key aspects of a true Cloud IT service is unitised costs and the ability to increase or decrease the volume of services consumed depending on your varying business needs.

Understanding your existing IT environment from the infrastructure layer through to your application layer is critical to planning your Cloud migration. Understanding the market options available and your broader IT service delivery model are the other key factors. Our Infrastructure Architects are well versed in the technical and business options when adopting Cloud solutions. They have the broad infrastructure experience required to understand your existing environment from network, storage, computing power and telephony perspectives so that you can be confident that your requirements will be accommodated in your new environment.

Our migration approach leverages our Solution Architecture Method that is based upon The Open Group Architecture Framework (TOGAF). As part of the migration process we incorporate:

  • The development of a technology reference model that represents your current and future IT services.
  • A detailed IT cost assessment that will review your total IT costs and determine the cost of each of your existing IT services using an appropriate allocation method for your organisation.
  • An assessment of options for each service. This may determine that certain services are not moved to the Cloud.
  • The development of a future technology architecture and implementation roadmap based upon the Cloud.
  • Review and design of a future state IT Operating and Structure Model that is capable of supporting your organisation using Cloud technologies.
  • Review of your existing IT contracts.

Our Infrastructure Architects can help you build and quantify the operational cost, and recommend a support model for your future state technology architecture. The broader Braestone team can assist you to leverage the true power of the Cloud by executing a comprehensive Cloud migration project.

Digital Transformation

Organisations are starting to understand the growing importance of providing a secure, online model of service and product delivery. This is in response to growing expectations of customers for easy to use, self-service, on-demand capabilities. The implications of adopting a digital service delivery model can be profound. Covering business process change; new models of security control and management; the adoption of Cloud based IT services; and new applications and technologies.

Braestone has experience in helping customers with all these challenges: From assisting with the customer experience definition; developing Organisational Change Management strategies to help redefine processes and reskill staff; through to developing target solution architectures that specify the information, systems and technology elements required to move a digital customer service delivery model.

 

Sourcing and Procurement

Meeting today’s business needs, requires IT to provide flexible, scalable and reliable IT services that respond to the ever increasing business demands. Delivering this using internal resources and traditional models is not feasible. To be successful, IT services must be sourced from an agile and flexible combination of internal, external and Cloud-based sources.

Braestone has a breadth of experience is providing Sourcing and Procurement Services. We can develop Sourcing Strategies, Procurement Plans, and manage procurement and evaluation processes. We can also provide Contract Formation, Contract Planning and Contract Management services as required. Where appropriate, Braestone can also develop, and implement overarching Sourcing Frameworks and Sourcing Governance Structures.

 

Information Management

With the increasing reliance on digital and online technologies, it is becoming more and more critical to manage underpinning information assets effectively. Good information management doesn’t just happen, it needs to be effectively planned for and implemented with strong management commitment.

Braestone has developed an information management strategic planning approach which helps an organisation determine its information management maturity; identify the information assets of greatest importance; and examines the effectiveness of information, business intelligence, reporting and analytics, and document and records management systems.

Our approach includes the development of target maturity levels and an Implementation Roadmap of recommended initiatives necessary to improve overall information management capabilities. This covers the areas of information management governance, staff development, process improvement and information systems upgrades.

 

Information Technology

Braestone’s approach to developing Information Technology Strategies for organisations is to ensure they are not stand alone initiatives or documents. We craft strategies to ensure they help enable and sustain a successful business.

An IT Strategy should confirm the business drivers, priorities and constraints facing an organisation. It should assess the overall effectiveness of the current IT environment and services, and identify business requirements, information, systems and technologies required to support the organisation.

Braestone ensures that IT Strategies are effective and of long term value to an organisation by incorporating a prioritised roadmap of IT initiatives necessary to deliver the defined ‘future state’ information systems and services required.

 

IT Governance Review

IT governance should be a critical and complementary part of overall corporate governance. Unfortunately, many organisations either have too much or too little governance, resulting in poor IT investment analysis and decision making. We have undertaken numerous assignments where we have reviewed and recommended appropriate IT Governance Frameworks, including principles, standards, processes, and structures.

Our approach is to leverage elements of the ISO 38500 international standard for IT governance in considering the governance needs of an organisation. Our aim being always to implement ‘just enough’ IT governance and control to support the IT enabled organisation.