The need for a reference method
Organizations constantly face challenges of variable dimensions. Globalization, for example, impacts modern organizations. In order to adapt, organizations need to operate in a permanent cycle of change whilst preserving the synergy that already exists between its domains of expertise. Additionally the information system is at the heart of all organizations and information and telecommunication technologies should, therefore, be a mandatory feature of any business strategy.
This organizational & technological complexity is, however, very difficult to come to terms with. Managing such complexity and inventiveness needs collaboration between several domains of expertise, and yet, even within a given single domain cooperation remains limited due to the lack of common references or frameworks.
Traditional points of reference have fast become obsolete in light of the speed in which modern technologies have evolved over the past decade, generating a disconcerting unease for many on the way. In order to facilitate an organization’s transformation, it is therefore necessary to have a modern reference method that is shared by a wide community.
A global methodology that aims to coordinate areas of expertise
It is no longer sufficient to rely on any one of the specialized methodologies which cover only one aspect (e.g.,: business process modeling, information technology, strategy consulting...) Overall control requires coordination and synergy between areas of expertise in order to align them with the objectives of the organization. The “system topology” supplies such a reference framework. This framework positions the different aspects in the way that they should logically appear. This multi-aspect approach allows us to:
- Isolate and coordinate informational and decisional elements, both of which are distributed across the transformation chain (from strategy to technology);
- Define “who does what” (roles & responsibilities).