Supporting the agile enterprise in a networked knowledge economy

Traditional capabilities and enablers are not sufficient to meet the challenges of an enterprise environment that is shifting from push driven to pull driven.

It requires inter alia an agile infrastructure. To support the business transformation there is need for Enterprise architecture that deals not only with technical capabilities, but also with information and knowledge, organizational and process capabilities.
Knowledge ‘architecture’ is the most forgotten discipline within enterprise architecture. Today we model and design everything (data, processes, organizations etc.) but not knowledge. To combat the shrinking half-life of knowledge, organizations are forced to develop new methods of establishing and managing knowledge processes, authentic sources and their owners.
This transformation should be embedded in a Business agility program. An enterprise agility value center acts as the nucleus for the business driven action. The shift from transformation activities to interactions represents a broad shift in the nature of economic activity.
Enterprises looking to succeed in today’s rapid-paced new economy must be agile, innovative and rapidly responsive to changes in their business environment. The number of employees doing interactive and cognitive work is increasing rapidly. Supporting knowledge workers becomes of vital importance for the ability of enterprises to survive in a networked knowledge economy.
By regarding knowledge as a production factor and by supporting knowledge workers, enterprises can achieve great breakthroughs in quality, productivity and impact. The emphasis in this vision is placed on “being able to use knowledge” instead of “having knowledge”.

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Published in 2006.