By: Ben Geller, VP Marketing, Troux“Any darn fool can make something complex; it takes a genius to make something simple.” ~ Pete Seeger
For any global, highly diversified Fortune 500 enterprise, providing reliable and cost-effective IT solutions that support company growth objectives requires a great deal of planning and foresight. For companies that have multiple subsidiaries and disparate business groups with different priorities and infrastructure requirements, the IT support challenge can quickly escalate from complex to overwhelming.
Troux customer Bayer Corporation knows this challenge all too well. With more than $36 Billion in revenue and 110,000 employees worldwide, the German chemical and pharmaceutical company is comprised of 283 subsidiaries representing three major business areas — CropScience, MaterialScience and HealthCare — each of which has distinct, yet overlapping, IT and application needs. While each business group had previously experimented with Enterprise Architecture, as the company continued to grow it became increasingly clear Bayer needed a comprehensive strategy for managing its expanding application portfolio and IT assets.
In an effort to more effectively support the business goals of each group while simultaneously reducing IT complexity and costs, in 2008 Bayer began working with Troux to implement an EA strategy that would enable it to be more agile and strategic while positioning the company for future growth.
As with many EA projects, a core objective for Bayer was developing a common language and understanding concerning IT infrastructure across the entire organization to improve collaboration and ensure stakeholders were invested in achieving the same goals. Another critical and ambitious project Bayer tackled with Troux’s support was revamping the manner in which the IT management team tracks, monitors and reports on the overall health of technology assets, key services and resources. Like many organizations, traditionally this information was silo-ed in a collection of Excel and PowerPoint documents and updated inconsistently, making accurate reporting a near-impossible and time-consuming challenge. By managing information through Troux’s platform, the IT department is easily able to retrieve answers to questions and quickly push updates to stakeholders across the business to aid in decision making.
If you’d like to read more about Bayer’s approach, you can access the full case study here at the link below.