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Traditional approaches to transportation management that interface planning and execution engines have proven to be difficult to manage over time. Instead of a functional approach to global logistics, EII believes in an integrated, process-oriented implementation approach which ties together an organization's strategic, process and technology goals. EII’s approach to implementation ensures full logistics visibility and event management while minimizing business process gaps.

A business process is a sequence of activities that are executed to perform a particular task. BPM provides end-to-end visibility, enabling the management of complex inter-organizational processes, such as supply chain and logistics processes. BPM allows managers to define the requirements for information systems, focusing on business priorities. Optimized business processes result in lower cost, and in many cases, targeted competitive advantage. BPM aligns management direction Technology and systems, providing a direct linkage to that competitive advantage. EII consulting has the experience and proven track record of institutionalizing BPM in some of the largest and most complex organizations in the world.
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Supply chains are not really “chains.” They are better described as complex webs of organizations and how they interact with each other. The organizations pass information, formatted in many different media, and visibility and automation provide the potential for tremendous cost savings through cycle time reductions. If visibility through supply chain integration is provided, trading partner trust is enhanced and supply chain inventory can be minimized. In order to obtain supply chain visibility, organizations must understand and document how organizations interact, what information is passed, and how the information is used. EII has extensive project experience in providing creative supply chain solutions. Our strengths are focused on supply chain execution, where we use our Architecture-driven methodology to help organizations understand what information to pass and in accordance with what standards. We particularly specialize in helping clients design execution architectures for large and complex environments, especially those that have internal transportation, distribution, and maintenance components. For example, in this area we developed the Joint Deployment & Distribution Architecture for the US Transportation command, and we also developed the medical logistics architecture for Joint Medical Logistics for the U.S. Department of Defense.

Transform ideas into reality faster and cheaper without losing product quality, compliance, or agility. Enable collaboration around the complete product lifecycle. At EII, we can work with you to create efficiencies in engineering, improve data quality, and develop PLM solutions from a business process perspective, enabling creativity and ensuring quality.
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Use architecture-driven methodologies to deliver enterprise solutions. Align enterprise systems and business processes to realize strategic goals and objectives.

We approach enterprise system implementation from a top-down perspective. We understand how “management level” business processes drive “technical level” business processes, which is the key to understanding how modern information systems are implemented.

EII is a recognized expert in architecting and implementing of properly-scoped enterprise solutions. In fact, we have architected some of the largest and most complex solutions in the world. Our skills in this area derive from our understanding of organizations, but more importantly, from knowing how enterprise software products align with business processes flowing across stovepipes to meet the overall strategic goals.

Defective data quality leads to customer complaints and customer defection. Organizations must have a clear data management strategy that supports business objectives and core processes. Poor data management is often the result of fast paced business environments where information is constantly evolving. People change jobs frequently and continuity is lost. This evolution results in a number of common issues including incorrect or inconsistent collections of customer/supplier/vendor details, duplicate data records, inconsistent synchronization among multiple databases, and multiple databases scattered throughout different departments or organizations, with data structured according to the particular rules of that database. Data management problems are most successfully addressed using modern tools and methodologies. EII has extensive experience in helping organizations solve data integration problems using the most advanced commercial tools using our own Architecture-Driven Data Management Methodologies.
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In large and complex organizations, there are many systems and data sources. Information is passed from system-to-system, and interface costs are significant. By some accounts, as much as 70% of the total information technology budgets within organizations are related to system integration; i.e., the cost of making “things” work together that were never intended to work together. If you also consider duplicative systems, then tremendous savings can be obtained by managing all information assets as a portfolio, evaluating investment and sustainment decisions using a systematic methodology. To accomplish true portfolio analysis, one must understand how all of the information assets relate, and in particular how they align with critical business processes. This type of analysis is facilitated using an Enterprise Architecture, a documented understanding of all of the critical components of such an analysis. EII has extensive experience in the development of Enterprise Architectures for some of the largest private and public organizations in the world.

The technology environment in most organizations has evolved over many years and without careful planning. Some information systems were purchased (e.g., ERP, order management, maintenance, etc.) and some were designed and developed from scratch. In this scenario, the organization wants to transition to a more orderly environment containing fewer systems. Sometimes this is driven by a desire to move to new architectural solutions such as Service-oriented Architectures (SOA). Transformation planning and execution involves assessment, developing a transition plan, and executing relative to the plan. The desired outcome is a transformed enterprise that minimizes the cost of maintaining a complex technology landscape. In the information systems literature, this concept is called Managing the Total Cost of Ownership (TCO). EII specializes in architecting solutions that minimize the TCO.

Runaway projects are characterized by repeated delays, overspending, and critical success factors that are not satisfied. Runaway projects squander organizational resources and have a high probability of failure, leading to expensive write-offs and career failures. Runaway projects are not necessarily failed projects, and many can be recovered. EII has experience in developing strategies, detailed plans, and monitoring methodologies for runaway projects. Our experience includes large-scale implementations that include many products from many vendors, including SAP.

EII has demonstrated technological depth by helping organizations understand emerging technologies and how they may affect the competitiveness and efficiency of internal operations. Service oriented architectures (SOAs) are one such concept, and it is important to separate the marketing hype from the true impact of early adoption. Executives continually ask us: What is SOA? Should I be considering SOA? What is the right way to implement SOA? How much will it cost? EII has expertise in helping organizations define a service oriented strategy and solution, if appropriate, as part of a SOA readiness review. Across platform interoperability can only be achieved through disciplined SOA governance. Without describing the details, improper SOA governance can result in the collapse of the SOA business case, actually causing Total Cost of Ownership to increase. EII can help organizations avoid these problems through the execution of a SOA readiness study that assesses risk and readiness associated with the transition to SOA.

Enterprise information systems are efficient and effective when they precisely provide the relevant information to support critical end-to-end business processes. Of course, the most efficient alignment of systems to processes would be if all information was in a single system, and the alignment is 1-to-1. Unfortunately, this is seldom the case, since end-to-end business processes almost always flow across multiple systems and data sources. This creates a more difficult situation for aligning systems and data with end-to-end processes. Collections of business processes that flow across multiple systems and data sources are called composite applications. EII has extensive experience in designing composite applications and aligning them with appropriate systems and data sources. This is a critical component in the implementation of Service Oriented Architectures (SOAs).

External requirements are often imposed on organizations, including some (e.g., Sarbanes-Oxley) that have significant penalties for non-compliance. Organizations are spending exorbitant amounts of money documenting their business processes and controls without gaining the value-add by using that information to not only obtain compliance, but also analyze business processes for improvement, enable functional and technical collaboration across the enterprise, and reduce system implementation risk. Also, internal requirements in the form of policies, procedures, and business rules are imposed. These may include critical processes including dangerous goods management and other environmental, health, and safety processes including asset and material disposal. How does one know that one is in compliance? How does one document and prove that compliance has been realized. EII typically works on such problems for public and private clients. Our most complex project to date is the mapping of the compliance requirements for Joint Operations Planning & Execution (JOP&E), the process that the U.S. Department of Defense executes when going to war.