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Technology is important to enterprise success. But the larger a company becomes and the more technology projects it initiates, the more complexity and fragmentation arise in both business processes and the tech landscape.
To deal with this difficult environment, companies often introduce rigorous management and control processes, but these can become overly rigid and calcify innovation and agility.
Businesses need a way to introduce processes and manage change to make sure that IT projects don’t proliferate in the shadows. At the same time, they must keep the road smooth for innovation throughout. These seemingly irreconcilable goals can coexist. It’s done through a Center for Enablement.
A Center for Enablement, that is. Find out how MuleSoft can help enable your team to create their own C4E.
A Center for Enablement (C4E) is a group that drives the IT operating model shift. A C4E is in charge of enabling business divisions, including IT, to build and drive the consumption of assets successfully, enabling speed and agility. It allows the business and IT teams to shift from a production-based to a production-and-consumption-based delivery model.
The C4E is a cross-functional team typically staffed with members from central IT, line-of-business (LoB) departments, and digital innovation teams who are charged with productizing, publishing, and harvesting reusable assets and best practices.
They promote consumption and collaboration and help drive self-reliance while improving results through feedback and metrics. Overall, the primary goals of the C4E are to run the API platform and enable teams on how to best use it while developing reusable APIs to accelerate innovation and deliver change more efficiently.
The naming convention for C4E might recall a familiar concept: the Center of Excellence (CoE). However, a C4E is a radically different idea. Traditional CoEs, responsible for running an API platform, developing APIs, and managing their operation, feature centralized expertise and knowledge, resulting in information being unintentionally protected and rationed.
CoEs often present several challenges, such as becoming bottlenecks that developers and architects work around, increased inefficiency, and preventing consumers from experimenting. The below graphic provides a further overview of additional differences between a C4E and a CoE.
There are six steps required to set up a C4E:
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Some expected benefits of building a C4E include:
With these outcomes, our customers deliver projects three times faster and increase team productivity by 300% more than other approaches.
To achieve true digital transformation, people and processes are just as important to the journey as technology. Like any dramatic transformation process, digital transformation has to include a new way of thinking. You can’t expect to transform if you do things the same old way.
Ultimately, building a C4E is one way companies can achieve greater agility and productivity. Rethink IT’s function in your company to understand how a C4E can help your organization.
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