Shaping the best technology architecture to support the customer experience has always been a challenge.
There is now more than ever a plethora of technology architecture dimensions to take into account and, for each one of them, a multitude of options to evaluate and choose from. Since considered a significant competitive advantage, there is often limited visibility onto what other CSPs are doing in that area, leaving even more uncertainty in the decisions to be made. Furthermore, depending on the CSP’s current technology architecture and inherited legacy landscape, defining the transformation path towards the future architecture easily becomes a conundrum of significant complexity.
The whole approach for shaping the future technology architecture and transitioning to it can rapidly lead to problems, if not structured properly and followed through with the end in mind. These problems include unclear and confused future technology vision for the organization, unrealized returns on investments due to wasted time and money in erroneous directions and repeated project failures.
It also generates tensions, which tend to worsen, between business and technology stakeholders because of misalignments and missed expectations. Ultimately, it can even result in unsatisfactory or degraded customer experience increasing the risk for the CSP to become a victim of digital Darwinism.
As such, defining the CSP’s future technology architecture to best fit the business imperatives for optimal customer experience and to act as an enabler for the organization, is always to be dealt with the highest possible care.
A structured, comprehensive and proven approach, leveraging past experience and extensive awareness of the market environment, as well as where do other CSPs stand, can be a key differentiator in the CSPs evolutionary arms race.
Accenture can offer CSPs a robust, structured and cost effective way to facilitate shaping their optimal CX technology architecture and elaborate the path towards that architecture.Shaping an architecture along the Accenture CX Technology Architecture Dimensions Framework typically consist of the following stages:
The first stage is the definition of the assessment scope and validation of the evaluation framework. The key business and technology stakeholders are identified and preliminary information on the current technology architecture is collected. Furthermore dedicated interviews are conducted with selected stakeholders to understand the business and technology challenges, objectives and success factors.
Assess the Present Architecture
Afterwards, the business processes, applications, and environments related to the customer experience technology architecture are identified. Non-functional requirements and constraints are gathered and a comprehensive assessment is conducted against the CX technology architecture framework dimensions, leveraging the discovery and assessment toolkit, as well as reference benchmarks.
Summarized findings of the assessment are documented and reviewed with the key stakeholders.
Shape the Future Architecture
Following the assessment and along the CX technology architecture framework dimensions, the future state desired technology architecture capabilities are defined and gaps against the current baseline capabilities are identified.
Enhance visibility on the client’s current CX technology architecture, with its strengths and weaknesses, highlighting the gaps against expected maturity levels
Provides a robust decision framework for elaborating and selecting the best architecture option, supported by experience and documented rationales
Increase efficiency in the process of shaping a target CX technology architecture, by structuring in a comprehensive way the dimensions to consider and by providing reference criteria for these dimensions based on the latest industry trends
Improves the outcome quality of shaping the future CX technology architecture to better fit business needs and expectations