Published on 24-Jan-2011
Validated on 03 Jun 2013
"An excellent project that has been driven by very positive project members with a clearly defined delivery with business benefits." - Preem CIO, Claes-Håkan Johansson
Preem Oil Company needed to improve its architectural governance and make its information technology (IT) policies more effective.
The company contracted with IBM to conduct IT risk analysis and pinpoint issues with IT delivery excellence, costs and flexibility. The client also needed to create the first version of an Enterprise Architecture (EA) framework.
In order to overcome the inadequacies in the company’s IT program, IBM advised an Enterprise Architecture (EA) effort. The Open Group Architecture Framework (TOGAF) was used as the reference EA framework. IBM developed a meta-model — custom-made to suit the company’s needs, which focused on the business, information, application, technology and realization domains. A total of 25 artifacts were defined and described, 12 of these were populated with client-specific data.
The benefits for Preem include Increased flexibility, increased efficiency, and increased quality.
Preem lacked architectural governance and its information technology (I/T) policies were ineffective. Preem contracted with IBM to conduct I/T risk analysis and pinpoint issues with I/T delivery excellence, I/T costs and I/T flexibility.
The client needed to create the first version of an Enterprise Architecture (EA) framework, based on The Open Group Architecture Framework (TOGAF), establish a number of cornerstones in the EA framework by populating some key artifacts within the meta model, including those related to master data, identify a number of transformation initiatives in order to improve the architecture, and transfer knowledge transfer to the CIO and team.
In order to overcome the inadequacies in the IT program, IBM advised Preem to initiate an EA effort.
TOGAF was used as the reference EA framework for the client. IBM developed a meta-model — to suit Preem’s needs — and it focused on the business, information, application, technology and realization domains. A total of 25 artifacts were defined and described, and 12 of these were populated with client-specific data.
These included the following:
- Component business model (CBM) (business architecture)
- Role descriptions (business architecture)
- Master data management (information architecture)
- Application catalogue (application architecture)
- Technical reference model (technology architecture)
- Standardized technology platforms (technology architecture)
- Principles (realization domains)
- Architectural governance model (realization domains)
- Transition initiatives (realization domains)
- Increased flexibility: The business areas have a high degree of ambition for change, driven by many factors. This, in turn, will place higher requirements on IT for flexibility. The Enterprise Architecture provided by IBM provided that flexibility.
- Increased efficiency: IT now delivers more at a lower price, including developing, operating and governing IT solutions.
- Increased quality: The information and decision support capabilities that IT delivers is now more qualitative, available and up-to-date.
Products and services used
IBM products and services that were used in this case study.
GBS Strategy and Change: Business Strategy, GBS Strategy and Change: Operations Strategy, GBS Strategy and Change: Technology Strategy, GTS Integrated Technology Services, GTS ITS IT Strategy & Design: IT Transform Strategy & Design, GTS ITS IT Strategy & Design: Middleware Strategy & Design, GTS ITS IT Strategy & Design: Service Management Strat & Design, IBM Global Business Services, GTS Data Center Services