SNA Technologies: The Enterprise Architecture Go To Partners

Suresh Done, President
Every organization is a complex mesh, comprising several elements—business processes, technology, applications, people, products, and so on. It is extremely crucial to understand how these components align and interact correctly with each other to meet the business objectives. And the key to this understanding lies with Enterprise Architecture (EA). This conceptual framework, EA, is a top priority to most organizations today, helping them align various elements of their business, identify the right strategies and execute them to solve the business problems and achieve their goals effectively. It is in this context where SNA Technologies comes to play. Being in the industry for more than a decade, they have gained immense expertise in this field, helping clients across several industry domains leverage the benefits of EA and implement them with cost optimization across their organization. Today they are one of the leading providers of end-to-end EA services, consulting, and training services to help organizations analyze, plan and implement the right strategies to meet their business goals. The broad array of SNA’s offerings effectively assist the clients in aligning their business and IT assets. Besides, SNA Technologies also focuses significantly on scaled agile services to enable its clients to face rapid transformations and accommodate the organization’s changing trends seamlessly.

Of many, consolidation and rationalization is one of the core areas SNA Technologies works in. They have consolidated the client’s business and infrastructure and have brought dramatic cost reduction to many organizations, eliminating the cost incurred from redundant and unnecessary applications. For this process, SNA attempts to collect the current state of the client applications, comprising the owners/users of the application, the technology used to design it, and the associated cost. Then, they map these applications against the business function, objectives, or capabilities. Further, SNA analyzes the information on common applications and designs a target landscape, including the roadmap that delineates the applications that can be carried forward and which are to be eliminated. The organizations that SNA has worked with have consolidated their business and infrastructure by 50 percent and achieved 30-50 percent cost efficiency. This has proved beneficial, especially amidst the pandemic, helping organizations avoid the prevailing economic and business hassles and deliver the desired business value.

Another key process SNA assists its clients is in bringing the right innovation strategy to the organization. Most clients are undergoing transformations today and based on that, SNA identifies the right strategy for innovation, whether an incremental innovation strategy or a radical one. For either of the strategy, the organizations can adopt a baseline first vs. target-first approach. Based on the clients’ priorities, for example, clients that focus on business sustainability or cost optimization, SNA suggests incremental transformation that results in baseline first approach. With this approach, organizations require to collect the snapshot of the current state (As-Is) first, analyze the landscape from the business perspective, and then design the target state (To-Be). In other instances where organizations wish to be innovative, SNA advices a radical transformation that leads to the target-first approach. Such organizations should focus on developing the target (To-Be) state first and then proceed to evaluate if any reusable components can be utilized from the current (As-Is) landscape. Commonly these organizations show a tendency of being innovative while adopting agile methodologies in implementing their solutions. “We are an enterprise architecture boutique, with a holistic approach to support organizations with the right innovation strategies and the right approach to consolidate their business,” mentions Suresh Done, President at SNA Technologies.

The efforts dedicated by SNA have significantly facilitated its clients in their digital transformation journey. Since the digital services are customer-focused, SNA evaluates the client context and designs the digital services that meet the customer requirements. They ensure that digital services are available anywhere, anytime, on any device with omnichannel capability. SNA’s approach to digital transformation gives clients a competitive advantage over the contemporaries in the industry.

SNA dives deep into understanding the organizations' business and technological drivers to formulate the clients' EA solutions and coordinate them as per the business goals. Based on the drivers, they establish a mission statement and provide organizations with a direction to accomplish the mission. They derive specific initiatives and the work plan to implement those initiatives. SNA comes up with the four architectures—business, application, data, and technology.


We are an enterprise architecture boutique, with a holistic approach to support organizations with the right innovation strategies and the right approach to consolidate their business

This assists in identifying solutions and their precise roadmaps to implement the solutions. They also manage the governance, compliance, and risk for the organizations. Besides, SNA ensures that the solutions are implemented in line with the mission and plans developed initially and focus on re-managing the changes cropped out from the business and technology innovations.

One of the silver lining to the efforts laid by SNA is its emphasis on facilitating client’s transition from the traditional approach to an agile one. They have established agile culture along with an accountability framework that makes the organizations ready for the NextGen. SNA’s proprietary EA methodology, TOPAgile, later extended to End-to-End Agile Methodology, E2EAM, helps clients eliminate the impact of improper agility, such as excessive technical debts, organization burnouts, etc., and be agile in the right way.

Done mentions a client success story of innovation and direction. SNA identified the appropriate innovations for the client and developed the right strategy for their innovation. They also established an efficient governance process to ensure that the implementation matched the initial plans. For consolidating their infrastructure, they devised infrastructure patterns that the client could utilize for building their infrastructure. Besides, SNA standardized its technology stack, reducing the infrastructure cost by about 30 to 50 percent.
“We have a strong competency when it comes to Business Architecture,” says Done. SNA’s proficient domain expertise in Business Architecture across several industrial verticals, with capabilities in frameworks, including BABOK and TOGAF® Business Architecture, has helped organizations refine their business strategies by understanding the business drivers and creating business models for the future. With the proficiencies, SNA designs detailed Business Architecture by creating value Chain/ Stream maps and Capability/ Heat mapping to optimize the client’s business.

Backing SNA Technologies’ services is its highly experienced team. Their consultants have more than two decades of experience and specialization in multiple domains like business architecture, data architecture, technology architecture, etc. The team efficiently works with the C-level executives to provide direction to their organization. Besides, the work culture is very flexible and people-oriented, governing. Moreover, SNA is highly tech-driven with immense competence in emerging technologies like Big Data, AI, Cloud computing, Blockchain, and many more, which helps them rightly solve business problems by integrating the right technology into solutions. They assess the maturity of the technologies and the organization and provide the best-fit technology roadmap. SNA also helps in adopting the suitable FOSS (Free and Open Source Software) by using the right FOSS models and license types to reduce the restrictions on modifying COTS or SaaS and build safe, reliable, and cost-effective solutions.

SNA Technologies essentially focuses on the risk management and security aspects of the organizations. They have identified risks, which are preventable, and established rule-based controls. SNA has also managed strategic risks by a framework like Open FAIR™. They also have expertise in some of the standard risk management frameworks like Open FAIR™, ISO 27001, etc. SNA takes a top-down approach for identifying, analyzing, and mitigating the security risks, establishing the proper controls, and using a framework like SABSA, COBIT, etc., to design the architecture on the security architecture front.

Over the years, SNA has gained proficiency in the EA space and operated on a global scale. This has allowed them to work with Fortune 500 and successfully architected global solutions to these organizations by mapping capabilities for each region. They also identified specialized capabilities, which served the local business units.

Company
SNA Technologies

Headquarters
Southfield, MI

Management
Suresh Done, President

Description
SNA Technologies is one of the leading providers of end-to-end EA services, consulting, and training services to help organizations analyze, plan and implement the right strategies to meet their business goals. The core areas they have been working in include consolidation and rationalization, and innovation strategies, helping organizations to move in the right direction. SNA’s broad array of offerings effectively assist the clients in aligning their business and IT assets. Besides, they have established agile culture along with an accountability framework that makes the organizations ready for the NextGen

SNA Technologies