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Enterprise Architecture as an Enabler for Sustainable Business Transformation

Andre Swart
Business Architect, Finance, Risk and Capital, Strategy and Change, Old Mutual

Large business transformation projects have to manage the demand for short-term demonstrable benefits while creating long-term sustainable change. Finance is not typically the first place most organisations start when applying enterprise architecture. However, common challenges that face organisations, across their value chains, are usually evident in the management of finance.  Enterprise architecture thinking can be successfully applied to accelerate and sustain business transformation, delivering benefits that include:
•          Enabling systemic thinking through the common understanding of the operating model and its interdependencies
•          Enabling standardisation, optimisation and rationalisation of the operating model
•          Supporting strategic compliance with governances and regulations
•          Enabling a performance measurement framework
•          Enabling an agile and robust capability to respond to internally and externally driven change
This session will describe the journey and some creative ways to leverage enterprise architecture to drive out business

Andre SwartAndre Swart

André Swart is the business architect for Finance Risk and Capital (FinRisC) Strategy and Change at Old Mutual (South Africa). He is responsible for managing the FinRisC operating model team to support finance transformation as well as the integration with other strategic projects such as the implementation of Finance applications Solvency II. André previously worked for PricewaterhouseCoopers in Cape Town and London where he provided consulting services to the financial services industry. He has worked with a number of financial services organisations in Southern Africa, the United Kingdom, Europe and the Middle East.

André has a masters degree in financial management and is a Chartered Accountant (SA) and Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) charterholder.

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