2020 was the year of "black swan" events, but it was also the year that brought a new wave of digitalization. This wave of digital transformation is already entering the strategic main channels of various industries and enterprises at an accelerated pace. Innovating and reshaping businesses through digitalization has become a new force and a new battlefield for enterprises.
The proposal of the concept of "Zhongtai" (middle platform) and its popularization reflect the business modernization trend represented by "business platformization" in this round of digital transformation. At the same time, a series of new problems and challenges have emerged throughout this process:
- How to extract solutions and capabilities shared by multiple business lines while retaining centralized control and continuing evolution to avoid duplication of investment? How can new businesses be quickly assembled and launched based on the company's existing solutions and capabilities to support rapid business iteration and innovation?
- How to reasonably divide the boundaries of the IT system to get responsiveness to changing "needs"?
- How to appropriately split over-concentrated analytical data-processing responsibilities to alleviate the bottleneck of large-scale data analysis and processing?
- How to select and design platform-based technology architecture in our era-rich technology?
As a result, the enterprise architecture and the enterprise architecture framework have returned to the attention of industries and become an important theoretical basis and guiding tool for enterprise structure governance, enterprise platform transformation, and enterprise digital transformation. Our new focus and research area is to return to the basics, to rethink and build a new lightweight enterprise architecture framework by integrating the latest needs of enterprise digital development, the requirements of platform-based enterprise architecture and new technology trends, while taking the aforementioned problems and challenges as the traction and goals.
The old needs to be torn down to make way for the new. By absorbing the great ideas and best practices of the classic enterprise architecture framework, and through several years of research and practice, ThoughtWorks has come up with its own enterprise architecture framework method, which we've dubbed the Modern Enterprise Architecture Framework (MEAF).