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Building the Agile Enterprise, 2nd Edition

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Building the Agile Enterprise with Capabilities, Collaborations and Values, Second Edition covers advances that make technology more powerful and pervasive while, at the same time, improving alignment of technology with business. Using numerous examples, illustrations, and case studies, Fred Cummins, an industry expert, author and former fellow with EDS and Hewlett Packard, updates his first edition incorporating the following industry developments:

  • The ubiquitous use of the Internet along with intelligent, mobile devices, which have enabled everyone and everything to be connected anytime, anywhere
  • The emergence of a “business architecture” discipline that has driven improvements in business design and transformation practices
  • The development of CMMN (Case Management Model and Notation) that will provide automation to support the collaboration of knowledge workers and managers
  • The development of VDML (Value Delivery Modeling Language) that supports modeling of business design from a management perspective
  • The importance of “big data” management and analysis as a new source of insight into evolution of the business and the ecosystem
  • How the architecture of the agile enterprise and business modeling change enterprise governance, management and innovation

Building the Agile Enterprise with Capabilities, Collaborations and Values, Second Edition is a must have reference for business leaders, CTOs; business architects, information systems architects and business process modeling professionals who wish to close the gap between strategic planning and business operations as well as the gap between business and IT and enhance the creation and delivery of business value.



  • Explains how business design abstraction based on collaborations, capabilities and values provides a management view of how the business works, the aspects to be improved or changed, and the means to quickly reconfigure to address new business challenges and opportunities
  • Discusses how technology must be exploited for efficiency, effectiveness, innovation and agility
  • Provides practicable and use-case based insights from advisory work with Fortune 100 and 500 companies across multiple verticals
  • Presents the features of CMMN (Case Management Model and Notation) and explains how it enables automation to support knowledge workers, managers and enterprise agility
  • Describes application of the Value Delivery Modeling Language (VDML) to link strategic business transformation to operational design

Table of Contents

  1. Cover image
  2. Title page
  3. Table of Contents
  4. Copyright
  5. List of figures
  6. Preface
  7. Acknowledgments
  8. Chapter 1: The Agile Enterprise
    1. Abstract
    2. Recent Advances
    3. How We Got Here
    4. VDM: A New Way of Thinking
    5. VDM for Major Changes
    6. CSFs on the Journey to Agility
  9. Chapter 2: Business Modeling for Business Leaders
    1. Abstract
    2. ▪ Introduction
    3. VDML Key Concepts
    4. VDML Graphics
    5. Related Business Analysis Techniques
    6. Going Forward
  10. Chapter 3: Business Building Blocks
    1. Abstract
    2. Capability-Based Architecture
    3. Modeling Value Streams
    4. Capability Unit Management
    5. Operational Design
    6. Supporting Information Technology
    7. ▪ Summary and Forward
  11. Chapter 4: Next-Generation Business Process Management (BPM)
    1. Abstract
    2. Why Business Process Automation?
    3. Agile Enterprise Process Architecture
    4. Process Modeling
    5. Prescriptive Processes
    6. Adaptive Processes
    7. Business Collaboration Management
    8. ▪ Summary and Moving Forward
  12. Chapter 5: Rules for Actions and Constraints
    1. Abstract
    2. Forms of Rules
    3. Knowledge-Based Systems
    4. Machine Learning
    5. Applications of Rules
    6. Administration of Business Policies and Rules
    7. Moving Forward
  13. Chapter 6: Enterprise Data Management
    1. Abstract
    2. Data Management Architecture
    3. Business Metadata
    4. Metadata
    5. Enterprise Transition
    6. Enterprise Logical Data Model
    7. Moving Forward
  14. Chapter 7: Information Security
    1. Abstract
    2. Conventional Security
    3. Increased Risk Factors
    4. Managing Security Risks
    5. Security Technologies
    6. ▪ Summary
  15. Chapter 8: Event Driven Operations
    1. Abstract
    2. Routine Events
    3. Operational Failure Events
    4. Event Management Infrastructure
    5. Moving Forward
  16. Chapter 9: Sense and Respond
    1. Abstract
    2. Drivers of Business Change
    3. Strategic Planning Framework
    4. Transformation Planning
    5. Example Product Life-Cycle
    6. Business Change Support
    7. Sense and Respond Infrastructure
    8. Moving Forward
  17. Chapter 10: The Agile Organization Structure
    1. Abstract
    2. VDM Perspective
    3. Service Unit Design Principles
    4. Management Hierarchy
    5. Enterprise Transition
    6. Moving On
  18. Chapter 11: Agile Enterprise Leadership
    1. Abstract
    2. Agile Enterprise Leadership Supports
    3. Leadership Levels
    4. Leadership Impact
    5. Industry Leadership
    6. Next Generation Standards
    7. Moving Forward
  19. Appendix A: The Value Delivery Maturity Model
    1. Value Delivery Maturity Model
  20. Appendix B: A Conceptual Model of Business Culture
  21. Glossary
  22. References
  23. Index