Enterprise Architecture is a key IT-enabling technology for the business. Legacy systems that were designed for back office use are now needed on the Web sites for customer self-service. Disparate systems need to communicate with each other so that they can share customer, product, and financial information seamlessly. Without enterprise architecture, your organization will have many faces across many channels your customers interact. Additionally, it will place increased burden on your organization to sort out disparate data for business intelligence.
At LMD Consulting, we provide services to our clients in meeting their enterprise architecture needs. We approach our solution by looking at your existing investments in software and systems. We extract data and services out of the systems and build interfaces as an enterprise service bus (ESB) - a business services layer for your organization in service-oriented architecture (SOA). The business services layer interacts with your enterprise data repository, implemented as a logical view of your operational data store (ODS). Logical consolidation of services in the business services layer and enterprise data in the data layer allows your organization to access these services and data without knowing how they are implemented. This approach allows us you to make changes in software or systems much easier and helps with the sun setting of legacy applications.
LMD Consulting specializes in building architecture that optimizes the use of commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) packages. with custom software development. This combination is optimal for organizations trying to minimize total cost of ownership (TCO) for business systems.
Enterprise architecture helps organization keep business and IT aligned by embracing business services layer that are designed to provide services to the business rapidly and without constraints of the IT system. IT systems are rationalized at their own pace without interfering with the pace of the business as the following example illustrates.