Applying Enterprise Architecture to Business Software Development Lifecycles

September 25, 2018 |

Intelligent automation efforts at Lincoln Financial Group sought to establish automated processes and streamlined business functions. Our expertise in solution architecture aided in success of that effort.

This work in Robotic Process Automation (RPA) involved evaluation and ranking of 20+ projects against design criteria to determine if an involved process was a good candidate for automation. For projects that did not meet the automation criteria, detailed solution proposals provided alternative measures for improvement of those current processes.

A project example: A virtual mailroom project proposed a digitized means for handling document mailing, emailing, and faxing. Via an architectural decision document, we proposed three automation options with detailed evaluations for each option. After Lincoln’s business line selected an option, we drafted a solution design to describe that solution in detail, in accordance with stated business requirements and to provide a baseline for cost estimation. This solution design informed the development team’s technical design that detailed its technology solution. We then evaluated this technical design to ensure completeness and accuracy before development could commence.

In addition, we created reusable software patterns for developers to use in solving common problems in application design. We developed concise, consistent UML artifacts to a pattern library that supported IT projects in AWS cloud, identity management, and security. These software patterns paved the way in efforts to define reference architectures and reference implementations.

Our expertise in solution architecture and enterprise architecture was key to achievement of Lincoln’s technology objectives and leveraging of IT best practices. Working closely with all functions of an enterprise is our norm — from developers and vendors to vice presidents and senior leaders — with the goal of clear translation and strong alignment with business strategy and priorities.

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