What are standards?

An enterprise standard is set of document rules and instructions that describe a repeatable sequence of procedures, practices and step-by-step activities that are required to be followed in order to achieve a desired result.

The procedure, practice and activities comprise of:

  • Best Practices – what works well to improve and standardize the non-core capabilities with a focus on the cost model and operating model.
  • Industry Practices – performance accelerators to improve competitive parity and standardize core competitive capabilities with a focus on the performance model and service model.
  • Leading Practices – outperformer practices to define and strengthen competitive advantage, innovation and efficiency in the core differentiating capabilities with a focus on the revenue model and value model.
  • Patterns of Success – a sequence of repeatable patterns that defines hyper growth and first mover organizations.

Each standard contains the required descriptions, categorization, classification, semantic relationships, ontology, meta objects, maps, matrices and models to succeed and work across the business management and information technology disciplines as well as across projects and roles.

All together describing the set of procedures an organization needs to follow in order to replicate the ability to identify, create and realize the value in the specified area and subject.

Each standard connects to a powerful value and performance toolset that establishes an effective management practice with practical step-by-step sets of activities that link roles, workflow, lifecycles and value- & quality gates to closely track outcomes.

The enterprise standards are agnostic and vendor neutral and integrate well with other existing frameworks, methods and approaches such as ITIL, COBIT, TOGAF, Zachman, SAP ASAP, Oracle AIM, BPMN, etc. This leverages the reference content from existing investment to ensure that, for example, service, process, application and data modelling interlink with full value management and value modelling principles.

They have been designed to be custom tailored to and implemented by any organization, both large and small, regardless of their various frameworks, methods, products/services and activities.

Enterprise & Industry Standards

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What are the benefits?

The epicenter of benefits of applying enterprise standards lies in enabling executives and their teams to deliver impact on what matters, and to make strategy execution a core discipline again.

It is well understood that enterprise standards play a vital role in supporting every financial metric, and boosting economic value, growth, productivity, competitiveness and innovation.

The economic benefits and value realized from applying enterprise standards include, but are not limited to:

  • Best practices improve standardization of the non-core capabilities with a focus on the cost and operating models, i.e.:
    • Proficient business operations
    • Increased productivity
    • Risk mitigation
    • Improved automation
    • Cost control
  • Industry practices improve competitive parity and standardizes core competitive capabilities with a focus on the performance and service models, i.e.:
    • Increased customer centricity
    • Improved quality of service
    • Ensure compatibility of production
    • Scaling of operational performance
    • Economic productivity growth
  • Leading practices strengthens competitive advantages, innovation and efficiency in the core differentiating capabilities with a focus on the revenue and value models i.e.:
    • Create or entering new market
    • Hyper growth
    • Value realization
    • Competitive advantage
    • Redefine core capabilities
    • Outperforms the markets across every financial metric
The Value of Applying Enterprise Standards

Figure 1: The Value of Applying Enterprise Standards.

Where do standards originate from?

Pioneering new frontiers in the field of patternicity (the science of finding meaningful patterns), Prof. Mark von Rosing is the originator of enterprise standards and is accredited to have advanced management, operational and organizational disciplines.

In order to identify patterns, they uniquely use concepts of ontology (the meaning of things) and semantics (the relationship between things) to recognize both informal and formal repeatable structures.

How are standards developed?

Enterprise standards are the result of years of international academic and industry research and expert consensus on repeatable patterns that can be reused and replicated. The enterprise standards are agnostic and vendor neutral.

Our standards are developed as a result of international academic and industry research and expert consensus in the following ways:

  • Conduct research on best practices, industry practices and leading practices.
  • Recognize repeatable patterns (the basis of our standards).
  • Develop enterprise standards that increase the level of reusability and replication.
  • Build industry accelerators within the standards, enabling them to adopt and reproduce best and leading practices.