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What Is Technology Harmonization in a Multimodel Environment?

Harmonization is not about creating a master meta-model or a new single technology that encompasses all other technologies. It’s not about declaring any single combination of technologies as "the best" or suggesting a universal combination to suit all. Rather, it’s about developing an appropriate solution to meet your individual organizational objectives. Accomplishing this harmonization requires understanding and leveraging the properties of the technologies of interest, as well as composing these properties and the process architecture into a harmonized solution.

Developing a harmonized solution enables you to accomplish several goals:

  • Determining and understanding which technologies will help you to achieve the organizational mission.
  • Understanding both the differentiating and the overlapping features of these technologies.
  • Creating an organizational process focused on the organizational mission and incorporating the features and content of all technologies of choice.

In turn, successfully implementing a harmonized solution produces these results:

  • An organizational process architecture that is robust and flexible—one that will not break or require total redesign when new technology features must be incorporated.
  • Sustainability of the return on process improvement investment.
  • Positioning your organization for future growth, agility, and flexibility.

While some common patterns in combining and composing technologies are emerging, each organization needs a harmonized solution that is tailored to its specific mission and culture. Accordingly, an essential prerequisite for success in multimodel process improvement is a reasoning framework to guide organizations in decision-making and in the development of reusable technology patterns and architectures.

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