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Published:
February 22, 2024
Category:
Product Engineering
Client:
Nordics Largest Automotive Manufacturer

How Routa Digital helped one of the Largest Automotive Manufacturers in the Nordics by improving their Enterprise Architecture Capabilities

The automotive industry is undergoing a significant business transformation: moving from traditional car manufacturing to digital connected solutions combined with platform utilization, both driving the software-defined vehicle trend. As per the latest report by GMI, the global software-defined vehicle (SDV) market is expected to achieve a CAGR of 22.1% between 2023 and 2032.

To embrace this trend, automotive players have to start strategic transformation by enhancing their software capabilities, moving away from traditional hardware-centric models approach, restructuring internal organizational framework, and making strategic capital investments. Recognizing the importance of adapting to these changes, one of the leading automotive players in the Nordics, decided to address these changes and collaborate with Routa Digital to make strategic changes in its technology landscape that will pave way for future and growth.

Due to the limitations to maintain consistent and accurate data in the existing tool, multiple teams started using several methods such as PowerPoint, Visio and other tools for documenting artifacts. Lack of governance and standardized guidelines, also added to the problem. This resulted in tool silos across various departments resulting in redundancy, information loss, decreased productivity, and inflated costs. The absence of a consolidated view of business processes and information not only hindered innovation but also prolonged decision-making processes.

Embracing future-ready digital infrastructure

Our team of experts evaluated the existing Enterprise Architecture toolchain and came up with a solution to have a customized comprehensive single EA tool that provides end- to-end information flow between business capability, business process, information model and data model. There are several reasons why we chose to create a custom made Enterprise Architecture (EA) tool rather than purchasing a commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) tool.

CONTROL

With a self-developed EA tool, the customer has greater control over the tool’s functionality, development roadmap, and integration with other systems. This can help to ensure that the tool remains aligned with the organization’s evolving needs and priorities, and also with other partners in the ecosystem

DEVELOPER EXPERIENCE

By creating models that illustrate the relationships between different systems, processes, and data, developers can gain a more comprehensive view and make more informed decisions about how to design and implement new systems or processes. API based schema generation (data models or individual data objects) can be an added advantage for the developer community.

DEPLOYMENT SUCCESS

Rolling-out EA Tools is an involved process. Typically, organizations start with focused scope, targeting specific areas to address immediate requirements, such as replacing a critical tool or driving digitalization within a particular business domain. This in turn justifies the fact that the investment in EA tools has direct business impact, and is not just an IT exercise.

Incremental steps through either POC or series of projects, will ensure that budget allocated provides direct visible value. Our EA Tool license model follows the respective phase’ usage requirements, ensuring that only what is needed is consumed. This allows allocation of access to business users to drive high adoption at minimum costs, and to limit the required architect access to users who do the actual modelling and data gathering.

LOW OPEX

A commercial EA tool can be expensive, and ongoing licensing and maintenance costs can add up over time. Using the custom made EA tool with flexible licensing model, the operational cost can be kept to a minimum

Feedback from our customer:

“I would like to acknowledge and celebrate the progress and partnership we have made together with this project. The dedication and hard work of all the team members of Routa Digital have been instrumental in driving our achievements, and I am incredibly impressed with all your efforts and dedication.”

– Head of Enterprise Architecture

A Valuable Impact

One standout accomplishment following the implementation of Routa Digital’s EA tool has been the significant improvements in decision-making processes and visibility across the organization. By evaluating various scenarios related to business processes, capabilities, applications, and technology landscapes, the auto major can now assess the impact of changes before implementation, allowing for informed and collaborative design decisions. Moreover, the tool enhances visibility by clearly outlining business terms, concepts, and their relationships, providing stakeholders with a comprehensive understanding of the organization’s architecture. Additionally, its customization and integration capabilities ensure that the tool can be tailored to fit the company’s specific needs without vendor locking, while also enabling seamless integration with existing tools such as ServiceNow CMDB. Furthermore, the tool’s centralized governance features establish end-to-end linkage between all architectural layers, enabling effective change control and governance while ensuring stakeholders have access to up-to-date information.

Conclusion

Routa Digital’s collaboration with the auto major exemplifies the transformative potential of EA tools in driving organizational agility, innovation, and alignment. By leveraging integrated tools and fostering collaboration between IT and business functions, organizations can navigate complexity, mitigate risks, and capitalize on emerging opportunities in today’s dynamic business landscape.

Routa Digital provides the EA advisory services (Scoping, Current State Analysis, Future State, Roadmap of prioritized projects) and tool implementation along with the actual data population from legacy tools, repositories, and through process mapping. This ensures the right competencies are available during the time needed most in the roll out, in combination with increased maturity of the existing EA team as they learn from experts.