The Open Group provides a range of strategy
services to help organizations meet their business objectives.
The business scenario process draws out specific, measurable, actionable,
realistic, time-oriented objectives and helps organizations
identify areas in which they should invest. The Open Group
has a proven methodology for developing technical architectures. It
also has experience in determining user requirements, developing
procurement strategies and establishing which specifications
Success Stories: North American Association of State and
Provincial Lotteries (NASPL) project where the business
scenario process was used to produce recommendations in
the areas of standardization and certification.
A business scenario is a complete description
of a business problem that enables requirements to be viewed
in relation to one another in the context of the overall
scenarios can cover the needs of a particular industry sector
or subject covered by any consortium.
With such a complete description to serve as context:
- The business value of solving the problem becomes clear
- The relevance of potential solutions are highlighted
- The danger of the implementation being based on an
incomplete understanding or requirements is lessened.
The development of a business scenario starts with a business
scenario workshop facilitated by The Open Group with participation
from representatives of the consortium.
A business case requires solid information and a well-documented
business scenario represents the due diligence demanded
by those reviewing business cases.
The Open Group will utilize knowledge gained during the
business scenario workshop to produce a documented scenario
that will be reviewed and approved by the consortium. The
scenario will illustrate where in the operations (business
processes, technical resources, and human interactions)
there is the greatest need for change, based on the business
requirements. The scenario will identify the activities
in which the consortium should invest, such as the implementation
of best practice, standardization, or certification programs.
Working in conjunction with our customer and CIO forums,
The Open Group developed a methodology for determining user
IT requirements and creating vendor awareness of key user
needs, resulting in a collective drive towards open standards. We
employ many techniques to solicit information and opinions,
and our web-based systems capture feedback and votes, providing
instant results as an incentive to respondents. Our
experience, methodologies, and tools can be deployed in
support of consortia to establish user requirements.
The Open Group
can build a generic architecture and/or an architecture
framework and methodology for consortia that wish to base
their strategy on an architectural framework. The
Open Group employs its architecture development methodology
TOGAF ADM, which is an open, generic methodology for developing
enterprise architectures. Over the past 9 years, many
organizations have developed architectures using TOGAF.
The Open Group
provides services to help customers understand and prioritize
the requirements for standardization and recommend a path
forward for the standardization effort.
Prioritizing standardization requirements involves understanding
the requirements and the technical, operational, and budgetary
constraints. The needs of each contributor or stakeholder
are taken into account. The result is an effective
definition of the standardization effort, and an informed
recommendation on how to move the standardization process
Both architectural recommendations and a description of
the required standardization process, and the various options
for implementing that process in terms of development, approval,
evolution, and maintenance of standards are provided.
The Open Group has a long
history associated with strategic procurement – setting
and maintaining policy and process, rather than the day
to day activities of purchasing – negotiation,
contracting and installation. Our experience can benefit
other consortia, especially those concerned with the adoption