Business AlignmentBusiness alignment is based on tracing relationships and looking for missing, unnecessary or incorrect linkages. The technique is called Business Lineage analysis and is used for linkage assessment. Like the way data lineage is concerned about integrity of data, business lineage is concerned with assessing gaps, inconsistencies and integrity of the organization’s operating environment. It can also uncover best practices.
To understand the structure of an organization, you need four perspectives:
- External Landscape – What is happening outside of the organization that will help or hinder your company’s success is of interest to senior managers, strategic planners and marketing staff.
- The strategic direction - Senior and middle level managers and staff are interested in determining what direction the organization is taking in response to the external environment and how those directions are executed. Assessing direction and the impacts it has on the enterprise is a key method of delivering results
- The tactical structure of the organization - The combination of organization assets and their relationships that will fulfill the direction set by management. This includes topics like initiatives, capabilities, organizations, locations and other core parts of the organization and how they are related. Most used by middle managers, professionals and analysts to prime the execution of the organization.
- The operation or execution structure of the organization - Operations – Where ‘the rubber meets the road’ and the organization executes in the environment with the structure to provide the goods and/or services of the organization. This is where performance is most often measured and impacts the key financial results that managements want. Operational analysts, process analysts, supervisors and line mangers can benefit from applying easy-to-use Wizsm analytic workflows to identify results