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Answers to questions on why it could be in an enterprise’s best interest for a senior management team to be an Architecture Team (A-Team) that collaborates with their Senior System Arhitect to complete the 2o20 Iteration of  Enzweiler’s A-Team Methodology to go-live on-time to be within a very small budget using the A-Team’s Targets System and their enterprise’s Other Systems.

Why is Completing Enzweiler’s A-Team Methodology in an Enterprise’s Best Interest?

The methodology starts with the A-Team completing the Architect phase to decide using the Architect phase deliverables during the Manage phase is in their enterprise’s best interest before any consulting fees are incurred and before any contracts are signed to incur IT expenses for; Cloud services, other services, licensed software products and hardware products sold by IT suppliers and their ecosystem partners to hit top line targets on their income statements that are their customers’ IT expenses.

What Are The Architect Phase Deliverables?

Deliverables for completing the Architect phase of the 2020 Iteration of Enzweiler’s A-Team Methodology are:

  • Targets System architected to be used by the managers responsible for operating A-Team’s enterprise(s) as planned to continually improve at managing to set and hit their metric targets to make their contributions to consistently hitting EBITAD earnings targets
  • Other systems architected to maintain the synchronized data required by the Targets System and to be used by human resources staffing positions on organization chart(s) to realize productivity gains performing their responsibilities

The Targets System and other systems architected by an A-Team to complete the Architect phase, will go-live on-time to be within a very small budget being used to make contributions to hitting EBITAD earnings targets by setting and hitting metric targets and realizing productivity gains during a very long duration Manage phase.

How Long is the Very Long Duration Manage Phase?

An enterprise’s Targets System’s first iterations that have been architected and developed by an A-Team will be used by the managers responsible for operating A-Team’s enterprise(s) as planned to continually improve at managing to set and hit their metric targets to make their contributions to consistently hitting EBITAD earnings targets until an A-Team uses their organization chart(s) and income statement(s) to collaborate with Senior System Architect to completes an Architect phase and then decides developing the Architect phase deliverables is in their enterprise’s best interest.

How Many Senior Managers Are an A-Team?

At least one, deliverables from the Architect, Evaluate and Plan phases are used to answer questions on how the A-Team and the managers responsible for operating the A-Team’s enterprise(s) as planned will manage to develop the Target System’s first iterations and to implement other systems on-time to within very small budgets to go-live continually improving at managing to set and hit their metric targets and realizing productivity gains while incurring IT expenses that are in their enterprise’s best interest during the very long duration Manage phase.

Why Is a Targets System Developed?

If the number of alternatives on the short list for systems that have been architected and developed by IT suppliers that could be configured and implemented to be used as the Target System architected by an A-Team is zero, then developing the architected Targets System is an A-Team’s only alternative.

Who Is Responsible for Managing to Develop a Targets System?

A-Teams collaborating with their Senior System Architect and the managers responsible for operating the A-Team’s enterprise(s) as planned, are responsible for managing the planners, analysts and tool specialists that will  use the tools the A-Team decided will be used to develop Targets System’s first iteration; earnings projection models, planning models, analytics, dashboards, queries and data synchronizations architected by the A-Team.

What Tools Are Used to Develop a Targets System?

A-Teams decide during the Evaluate phase that;

  • Planners will use a spreadsheet as model building tool that uses synchronized data hosted on PCs to develop first iteration earnings projection models and planning models to use synchronized data hosted on PCs
  • Planners will use model building tools hosted on servers to develop first iteration supply chain planning models and any other planning models that require using synchronized data hosted on servers
  • Analysts will use a spreadsheet and analytical datacubes to analyze Actual vs Plan data, Actual vs Metric, EBITAD and GAAP Targets and any other data that has been synchronized and structured to be analyzed required to use human intelligence to discover data correlations used to improve the planning models used to plan to improve at hitting metric targets and earnings projection models used to set metric targets to project EBITAD and GAAP earnings targets
  • Statisticians will use statistical data analysis tools to analyze unstructured datasets, that may or may not be synchronized data, to discover data correlations used to improve planning models and/or earnings projection models
  • Tools specialists will use an analytical datacube to develop and maintain; Actual vs Plan, Actual vs Metric Targets, Actual vs EBITAD Earnings Targets (optional) and Actual vs GAAP Earnings Targets dashboards
  • Tool specialists will use data synchronization tools to develop and maintain the data synchronizations required by the Targets System’s; earnings projection models, planning models, analytical datacubes, unstructured data sets, dashboards and queries

After completing the Architect phase, Senior System Architect will short list any tools that will be evaluated during the Evaluate phase and offer sage advice on managing the critical path through the managers responsible for operating the A-Team’s enterprise(s) as planned, planners, analysts and tool specialists that must be managed by A-Teams to go-live using the Target System to continually improve at managing to set and hit metric targets to make contributions to consistently hitting EBITAD earnings targets during a very long duration Manage phase.

What IT Expenses Can Be Incurred During a Very Long Duration Manage Phase?

As of the last client’s completed Enzweiler’s A-Team Methodology, A-Teams have decided to incur IT expenses for;

  • Tools that the A-Team decided will be used to develop, use, maintain and continually improve the Targets System architected and developed by the A-Team
  • Other systems architected and developed by the IT suppliers, that the A-Team decided will incur IT expenses that are in their enterprise’s best interest to be used to maintain the synchronized data required by the Targets System and/or to realize productivity gains
  • Other systems that the A-Team decided to develop that will be used to maintain the synchronized data required by the Targets System and/or to realize productivity gains during the Manage phase
  • IT specialists staffing positions on organization charts, and/or Cloud services and/or other servers required to support their enterprise’s Targets System and other systems hosted on their enterprise’s network IT infrastructure, that the A-Team decided will incur IT expenses that are in their enterprise’s best interest during the Manage phase

Once the data is compiled on pricing models and durations in contracts that have signed and could be signed for; Cloud services, other services, licensed software products and hardware products sold by IT suppliers and their ecosystem partners to hit their top line targets that are their customers’ IT expenses, A-Teams decide in a few minutes to incur IT expenses that are in their enterprise’s best interest over a very long duration Manage phase.

What Metric Targets Can be Set and Hit Using a Targets System?

As of the last client’s completed Enzweiler’s A-Team Methodology, managers responsible for operating A-Team’s enterprise(s) as planned have gone live using their Targets System to continually improve at managing to set and hit their metric targets to:

  • Increase the number of opportunities to sell products and/or services
  • Increase the percentage of opportunities converted to sales of products/services to hit top line targets on EBTIAD income statements
  • Fulfill customer demands with quality products and/or services delivered on-time as promised to hit top line targets on EBITAD income statements
  • Recruit, develop and retain human resources staffing positions on organization chart(s)
  • Improve the productivity of human resources staffing positions on organization chart(s)
  • Manage SG&A expenses that are and are not correlated to managers hitting their metric targets, that can be managed by the managers responsible for operating their enterprise(s) and/or one or more business units
  • Complete projects on-time to hit top line targets and/or to manage SG&A expenses and/or to be within budget for capital expenditure, architecting and developing Target systems, configuring and implementing other systems and other projects that are managed to be completed on-time to be within a budget

Some metric targets that can be set and hit to make contributions to hitting EBITAD earnings targets cannot be measured using financial data such as; increasing the number of opportunities to sell products and/or services, fulfilling customers demand with quality products/services delivered on-time as promised and managing human resources staffing positions on organization chart(s).

What Productivity Gains Can be Realized Using Other Systems?

As of the last client’s completed Enzweiler’s A-Team Methodology, productivity gains have been realized by human resources staffing positions on organization chart(s) using their enterprise’s other systems architected by A-Teams to;

  • Maintain their enterprise’s “consistent” synchronized data required by their enterprise’s Targets System
  • Transact an enterprise’s E-Commerce and classic business with customers and suppliers in one or more currencies
  • Comply with taxations and regulations on transacting business with customers and suppliers in one or more countries
  • Compensate an enterprise’s human resources that are employed and/or under contract
  • Reimburse human resources for T&E expenses
  • Comply with taxations and regulations on employing and/or contracting for human resources in one or more countries
  • Administer an enterprise’s internal system of controls that will pass an audit by a CPA firm
  • Maintain an enterprise’s financial data
  • Publish an enterprises’ financial statements that comply with GAAP, SEC and other regulations

A-Teams decide during the Architect phase on the productivity gains that will be realized by the human resources staffing positions on their organization chart(s) and how the realized productivity gains will contribute to hitting their EBITAD earnings targets during the Manage phase.

How Short is the Very Short Duration to Go-Live Starting a Very Long Duration Manage Phase?

An A-Team can complete Enzweiler’s A-Team Methodology’s; Architect, Evaluate and Plan phases in no more than a few hours.  The only work effort on the critical path is compiling the data used by A-Teams to decide to incur their enterprise’s IT expenses during the very long duration Manage phase.

It is possible that within a few days after the A-Team architected the first iteration earnings projection model(s), that the first iteration(s) go-live being used by the planner(s) that developed the first iteration(s) using a spreadsheet collaborating with the managers responsible for operating the A-Team(s) enterprise(s) to set their metric targets used to project EBITAD and GAAP earnings targets, to start continually improving a planning to operate their enterprise(s).

Given that A-Teams decide how frequently the managers responsible for managing to operate their enterprise(s) as planned, plan to operate the enterprise(s) to set at least four (4) future quarters earnings targets, required data synchronizations can be manually loaded into the earnings projection model(s) until the tool specialists develop the required data synchronizations.

First iteration earnings projection models can be used as a “proof of concept” that a Target System architected by an A-Team, can be developed as planned by the A-Team to go-live on-time to be within very small budgets to start a very long duration Manage Phase of managing to set and hit metric targets, to make contributions to consistently hitting EBITAD earnings targets.

When Does the Senior System Architect Phase Out?

Sometime after starting the Manage phase by going live on-time to be within very small budgets using first iteration; earnings projections models, planning models, analytics, dashboards, analytics and data synchronizations architected by the A-Team, the Senior System Architect phases out for a very long duration when the A-Team decides it is time for their Senior System Architect to phase out.

What Is the Availability of Enzweiler’s Most Senior System Architect?

Collaborating with A-Teams to complete an A-Team Methodolgy in no more than a few hours and then phase out for a very long duration, enables a small consulting firm to have ample capacity to staff the next client’s engagement with the firm’s most Senior System Architect.

Are You Retiring?

As a member of the boomer generation, this is now a frequently asked question when A-Teams decide it is time for their Senior System Architect to phase out.   My answer is always, “No, I plan to spend some time on the beach and then start my next client’s engagement.” On The Beach

My vision is to continue doing business as Enzweiler’s most Senior System Architect until all senior managers that publish financial statements that comply with the GAAP requirement to compute earned income a/k/a earnings as of the date on their income statement(s) have managed to go-live using their Targets System to continually improve at managing to set and hit their metric targets to make contributions to hitting their EBITAD earnings targets.  Then a small consulting firm’s most Senior System Architect will have to get another career.