Enzweiler’s Sage Advice

Al Enzweiler’s sage advice on completing an improved 2024 version of Enzweiler’s Architecture Team Methodology within budget for a comparatively small, fixed price consulting fee.

1. Who Architected Enzweiler’s Architecture Team Methodology?

One of Enzweiler’s Senior System Architects

Al Enzweiler architected the 1986 version of Enzweiler’s Architecture Team Methodology to be completed by managers on the next client’s organization chart(s) and one of Enzweiler’s Senior System Architects collaborating as members of an Architecture Team.

2. Why Is Members of an Architecture Team – Manager(s) on the Next Client’s Organization Chart(s), and One of Enzweiler’s Senior System Architects?

Members of the next client’s Architecture Team will collaborate to have an enterprise perspective

Members of the next client’s Architecture Team will collaborate to have an enterprise perspective used to complete; Initial Investigation, Architect, Demonstrate, Evaluate, and Plan phases of an improved 2024 version of Enzweiler’s Architecture Team Methodology, as proposed on Enzweiler’s A-Team Methodology

3. What is the Milestone Which Completes the Next Client’s Initial Investigation Phase

Decide if it is their enterprise’s best interest to collaborate over a very short duration to complete the Architect Phase before consulting fees are incurred

At the completion of the next client’s Initial Investigation phase, initial member(s) of the next client’s Architecture Team will decide if it is in their enterprise’s best interest to complete the Architect phase of an improved 2024 version of Enzweiler’s Architecture Team Methodology by architecting Targets System(s) and State-of-the-Art Financial System(s).

4. What Is the Milestone Which Completes the Next Client’s Architect Phase?

Decide if it is their enterprise’s best interest to collaborate over a short duration to complete the Demonstrate phase

At the completion of the next client’s Architect phase, members of the next client’s Architecture Team will decide if it is in their enterprise’s best interest to complete the Demonstrate phase of an improved 2024 version of Enzweiler’s Architecture Team Methodology by demonstrating managers on organization chart(s):

  • Consistently making their contributions to hitting top line targets on Income Statement(s) using Targets System(s)
  • Realizing productivity gains using an ERP System as an integral part of State-of-the-Art Financial System(s)
  • Incurring expenses using Targets Systems and State-of-the-Art Financial Systems architected by members of their Architecture Team
  • Incurring expenses using; digital advertising systems, digital marketing systems, CRM Systems, Human Capital Management Systems, ERP Systems, and other systems architected by IT suppliers

Over a very long duration Continual Improvement phase.

5. What is the Milestone Which Complete the Next Client’s Demonstrate Phase?

Decide if it is their enterprise’s best interest to collaborate over a very short duration to complete the Evaluate Phase

At the completion of the next client’s Demonstrate phase, members of the next client’s Architecture Team will decide if it is in their enterprise’s best interest to complete the Evaluate phase of an improved 2024 version of Enzweiler’s Architecture Team Methodology by deciding to incur expenses which are in their enterprise’s best interest to use;

  • Targets Systems and State-of-the-Art Financial Systems architected by members of their Architecture Team
  • Digital advertising systems, digital marketing systems, CRM Systems, Human Capital Management Systems, ERP Systems, and other systems architected by IT suppliers

Over a very long duration Continual Improvement phase.

6. What is the Milestone Which Completes the Evaluate Phase?

Decide if it is their enterprise’s best interest to collaborate over a very short duration to complete the Plan Phase

At the completion of the next client’s Evaluate phase, members of the next client’s Architecture Team will decide if it is in their enterprise’s best interest to complete the Plan phase of an improved 2024 version of Enzweiler’s Architecture Team Methodology by planning to start;

  • Consistently making their contributions to hitting top line targets on Income Statement(s) using Targets System(s)
  • Realizing productivity gains using an ERP System as an integral part of State-of-the-Art Financial System(s)
  • Incurring expenses which are in their enterprise’s best interest using Targets Systems and State-of-the-Art Financial Systems architected by members of their Architecture Team
  • Incurring expenses which are in their enterprise’s best interest using; digital advertising systems, digital marketing systems, CRM Systems, Human Capital Management Systems, ERP Systems, and other systems architected by IT suppliers

Over a very long duration Continual Improvement phase.

7. What Is the Milestone Which Completes the Plan Phase?

Decide if the services of one Enzweiler’s Senior System Architects are required to monitor as plans to start a very long duration Continual Improvement phase are executed

At the completion of the Plan phase, members of the next client’s Architecture Team will decide if the services of Al Enzweiler are required to monitor as managers on their organization chart(s) execute the next client’s Architecture Team’s plans to start a very long duration Continual Improvement phase.

8. How Long Is the Next Client’s Very Long Duration Continual Improvement Phase?

Long as State-of-the-Art Financial System(s) will be used to publish next client’s financial statements required to pass an audit by a CPA firm

At the completion of an Initial Investigation phase, initial member(s) of the next client’s Architecture Team can answer questions on how contributions will be consistently made to hitting top line targets on Income Statement(s) using Targets System(s) over the very long duration State-of-the-Art Financial System(s) will be used to publish their enterprise’s financial statements required to pass an audit by a CPA firm.

9. Any Sage Advice on Using State-of-the-Art Financial Systems?

Term “State-of-the-Art Financial System” was coined by one of Deloitte’s Senior System Architects

In 1978 during collaborations with members of a client’s Steering Committee to complete an Initial Investigation, a CFO asked Al Enzweiler, “What is the difference between a State-of-the-Art Financial System which will be architected by Touche Ross & Co. and the classic financial system currently being used?”

Al Enzweiler’s answer,

“Classic financial system was architected to be used by financial business unit(s) on organization chart(s) to realize productivity gains publishing their enterprise’ financial statements required to pass an audit by a CPA firm.

State-of-the-Art Financial Systems which have been architected by Touche Ross & Co., have been developed and are being used by business units on clients’ organization charts to realize productivity gains;

  • Transacting and accounting for transacting business with customers and suppliers in one or more currencies
  • Compensating and accounting for compensating human resources who are employed and/or under contract and/or in the Cloud
  • Complying with taxations and regulations on transacting business and employing human resources in one or more countries
  • Complying with; GAAP, IRS, SEC, IFRS, and other regulations on publishing financial statements
  • Publishing their enterprise’s financial statements required to pass an audit by a CPA firm”

At the completion of an Initial Investigation phase, members of a client’s Steering Committee decided it was in their enterprise’s best interest to complete the next phase of Touche Ross & Co.’s system development methodology – Feasibility Study.

When Al Enzweiler was promoted to be one of Touche Ross & Co.’s Managers responsible for making his contributions to hitting top line targets on the firm’s Income Statement, he put this quote from Managing the System Development Process into every proposal he submitted to a prospective client.

“Initial investigations are usually short – taking perhaps a few days, or at most, a few weeks, to complete. The steering committee reviews the results and decides whether the project should proceed to the Feasibility Study. Members of the committee must have a broad understanding of the company* to be able to weed out inappropriate requests at an early stage. Terminating a project at the initial investigation stage obviously minimizes the expenditure of corporate resources.”

*Broad understanding of the company was 1970’s terminology for an enterprise perspective.

Quote is on Page 51 of Managing the System Development published by Touché Ross & Co in 1980.

Touché Ross & Co. was one of the Big 8 firms. In 1989 Touché Ross & Co. merged with Deloitte Haskins & Sells to become Deloitte, one of the Big 4 firms.

In 2024, proposals can be requested from Deloitte to validate if the firm is still proposing to complete an Initial Investigation phase before the next client incurs consulting fees.

10. Any Sage Advice on Using Targets Systems?

Term “Targets System” was coined by one of Enzweiler’s Senior System Architects

In 1998 during collaborations with members of a client’s Architecture Team to complete the Architect phase of the 1998 version of Enzweiler’s Architecture Team Methodology, Al Enzweiler had one of those “eureka” moments when Rick Savitz* said,

“We are setting metric targets for fulfilling customer demand with quality manufactured boots and for; marketing, advertising and selling boots, because metric targets which get set will get hit to hit top line targets on Income Statements.”

Next client’s Architect phase started with members of an Architecture Team collaborating to complete the Architect phase by architecting Targets System(s) and State-of-the-Art Financial System(s).

In 2024, Warren Buffett and Greg Abel can be asked if managers on Justin Boots’ organization charts are still using Targets Systems and are still using an ERP System as an integral part of State-of-the-Art Financial Systems.

*Enzweiler does not publish client’s names, but Rick Savitz, CFO of Justin Boot Company agreed to have his interview published in an educational video. The educational video was published by the Computer Channel and featured Al Enzweiler marketing the 1998 version of Enzweiler’s Architecture Team Methodology.

Link to the education video with the Rick Savitz interview https://drive.google.com/file/d/1R5J0Go7RMeAKi5fFxPK7aPQBpDcPGIAy/view?usp=drive_link

Link to another educational video featuring Al Enzweiler marketing the 1998 version of Enzweiler’s Architecture Team Methodology https://drive.google.com/file/d/1t2WPFVigokd91iXtTJZ3kiWAcjX6f2r5/view?usp=drive_link 

11. Does One of Enzweiler’s Senior System Architects Plan to Retire?

No, my plans are to spend time on the beach

As one of Enzweiler’s Senior System Architects, a frequently asked question whenever members of the last client’s Architecture Team decide it is time for Al Enzweiler to phase out is – are you planning to retire?

Al Enzweiler’s answer is always – no, my plans are to spend time On the Beach. While on the beach, I use the lessons learned completing the last client’s engagement to make improvements to the version of Enzweiler’s Architecture Team Methodology which will be completed by members of the next client’s Architecture Team.