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Thibault Morin
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Article #6: Orchestrating Change – ArchiMate in Implementation and Migration Planning

As we near the conclusion of our ArchiMate journey, we focus on a critical aspect often overlooked in enterprise architecture: the Implementation and Migration layer. This layer is where strategic plans transform into actionable steps, where the rubber meets the road in bringing architectural visions to life.

Our ongoing case study with XYZ Company, which has been navigating the integration of partner logins, offers a practical lens through which to view the intricacies of this layer. The challenge now is to translate the previously outlined business, application, and technology changes into a structured, executable plan.

Key to this transition are the work packages – distinct sets of tasks and deliverables that are essential for the integration. For XYZ, these are divided into two main categories:

  • PartnerA Integration Work Package: This encompasses all tasks related to the integration of PartnerA, adhering to the OIDC protocol.
  • PartnerB Integration Work Package: This includes all the steps necessary for PartnerB’s integration, focusing on the SAMLv2 protocol and the additional training required for XYZ's team.

In this article, we present two views:

Identified Work Packages: This view categorizes and outlines the specific tasks and deliverables for each partner integration, providing clarity and structure.

The Identified Work Packages View
The Identified Work Packages View

The Overall Plan: This view offers a roadmap for the implementation, highlighting timelines, dependencies, and key milestones.

The Overall Plan View
The Overall Plan View

These views are pivotal in ensuring that all stakeholders have a clear understanding of the what, when, and how of the project's implementation phase.

Implementing these views allows XYZ to not only organize the workload into manageable segments but also to identify potential risks and dependencies early. This proactive planning is crucial in ensuring a smooth transition and successful implementation.

How do you approach the implementation and migration aspects of your architectural projects? What strategies have you found effective in translating architectural plans into executable work packages? Share your experiences and strategies for managing this often complex but rewarding phase of enterprise architecture.

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