The EDLM methodology is composed of six phases:
1. Scope and Approach
This phase is centered on completing the on-boarding process and understanding the client environment regarding the people, process and technologies used and planned for, identifying key stakeholders (sponsors, champions, influencers) and the strategic business initiatives and IT projects.
2. Data Collection
During this phase, Utopia will review existing documentation in conducting a detailed examination of the current architecture environment of all four architecture dimensions: business process, data, application and software integration and understand the client business strategy, (objectives, goals and plans).
3. Opportunity Identification
Utopia will facilitate focus group workshops and conduct 1:1 interviews with relevant stakeholders utilizing our proprietary 99 point EDLM Assessment Questionnaire to establish an "EDLM Maturity" baseline and target "end-state". It is during this phase that we identify and align EDLM opportunities to corporate initiatives, identify EDLM products and services and document business drivers and EDLM priorities. Evaluation of your current data management practices will be compared to leading Industry Standards and Best Practices to ensure a solution that can be competitive if not differentiate you from its peers.
4. Solution Design
Utopia will look at your enterprise business objectives and related industry drivers to understand and appreciate not only where you are currently, but where the organization is likely headed within the three to five year time frame. Utopia will address not only your current business needs, but also its long-term business direction. By the end of this phase Utopia will identify and prioritize key EDLM performance indicators (KPIs), provide a data organization strategy and implementation plan, develop key master data business processes and establish a Data Architecture Roadmap.
5. Program Plan
The end result of the architecture methodology and framework is an EDLM assessment and strategy that addresses and provides the foundation in the particular areas of scope for a staged, three to five year multi-generational roadmap, a related Program Investment plan, Project Charters that bundle related EDLM initiatives to maximize quick wins and establish a foundation for future reporting requirements.
6. Supporting Corporate Objectives
By focusing on your immediate needs – but still providing a forward thinking framework – you will benefit with an integrated holistic understanding of the current data related people, process, and technology and some of the tactical plans required for EDLM deployment and execution. The unique benefit to you is the mapping of the EDLM strategy in support of your corporate objectives and goals.