Frequently asked questions

What is Fast-Track Architecture Rating Service?


It delivers a confidential score of architecture and evaluation for a project / solution to meet the expected business goals.

​The rating is based on project use cases/scenarios related to business goals, business processes, system capability, technology maturity, implementation effectiveness, and operational excellence.




Why I should have Fast-Track Architecture Rating Service for my project?


Rating is focused on project usage cases / scenarios relevant to business goals, business process, program flexibility, technical sophistication, execution performance and organizational excellence.

The ranking service finding would improve the likelihood for a project to succeed. Each deficiency or shortcomings found during the assessment will require intervention and effective response and corrective measures should be found. This will also help to informedly assign responsibility for a task or program. It would, of course, help maintain the coherence and credibility of the solution.




Why are you using Business and Technology Use cases, scenarios as a basis for architecture rating?


This service is valuable for organizations to determine a project's readiness, to meet one or more company objectives.

The rating is based on project use cases / scenarios related to business and technology goals.

Our team will rate various architecture models such business strategy models, business process models, system models, technology models, implementation models, operation models. Once completeness and consistency of each of the models (mentioned above) are rated, then we rate inter-relationship between these models in fulfilling business use cases. This helps in identifying the gaps and lapses.

ICMG Enterprise Anatomy is used as a framework for evaluation. It is the basis for comprehension, interpretation and impact evaluation in the assessment process.




How is Architecture Rating Service is different from Architecture Ratings & Awards Programme.


The Architecture Rating Service delivers a confidential score of architecture and evaluation for a project / solution to meet the expected business goals. The review and rating are completed within 4-6 weeks.

The Architecture Awards Programme is more of an Independent Jury and Peer rated Award program. The winners of this program are decided by onsite interactions and assessment. The duration of review and rating is around 4 to 6 months.

Architecture Awards Program is great platform for companies who wants to showcase their product and service architecture maturity as a business differentiator to the community at large.

Architecture Rating Service customers can participate effectively in the award program as ICMG Enterprise Anatomy Framework is used as a basis for evaluation and ranking system.




What type of Projects can be submitted for Fasttrack Ratings?


Any Project that addresses Business and Technology issues with a view to realise and advance company goals.

Examples include initiatives related to Improving Supply Chain, Efficient Component Manufacturing or New Service Assembly etc. that has brought a visible difference to your Enterprise in terms of Services Offerings, Brand Loyalty or Customer Delight etc.,




Is this about rating IT Architecture or is it different?


Architecture excellence is not just about complexity of Technical Design but also demonstration of Business Strategies realized at the Operational level and that is what this service is about.

Our rating includes ranking of various models related to Data, Network, UI, Application, Rules, Business Process, Strategy Models etc.




We have many Projects going at the same time. Will this Ratings help in comparing the Architectures of these Projects?


Certainly. This assessment will give you a range of parameters for each of these projects and you will be able to compare their Architectures. Thus, we would encourage you to get multiple projects (related) assessed together.




As a Business User, I see very complex IT Architecture models put forth by the Technical experts, but during implementation and even after the implementation, the Solutions run into problems. Will this assessment bring out underlying issues even before implementation?


This scenario is very common. Although the Project owner tries to create the value proposition, the development stakeholders tackle their own concerns and issues.

The data modelling team, network team, application development team, middleware team, UI (User Interface) team, rule development experts, security team, etc. are working in isolation, trying to find solution to their respective challenges.

This is further exacerbated by the lack of qualified personnel, the delay in acquisition of equipment and technology, scattered teams around cities and different time zones, budget cuts, etc.

And the list will go on. In this melee, the project owner has no time to focus on the need to create value for clients, users and key stakeholders.

We have been seen this again and again. That’s why Architecture Rating service is prudent and appropriate. It cuts through the technology maze and provides you with a better insight.

The rating is based on project use cases / scenarios related to business and technology goals. Our team will rate various architecture models such as business strategy models, business process models, system models, technology models, implementation models, operation models.

Once completeness and consistency of each of the models (mentioned above) are rated, then we rate inter-relationship between these models in fulfilling business use cases. This helps in identifying the gaps and lapses.

The ICMG Rating process uses Enterprise Anatomy models as a basis for evaluation and impact analysis.




What areas or aspects of the Architecture will be assessed? Please explain.


The rating is based on project use cases / scenarios related to business and technology goals.

Our team will rate various architecture models such business strategy models, business process models, system models, technology models, implementation models, operation models. Once completeness and consistency of each of the models (mentioned above) are rated, then we rate inter-relationship between these models in fulfilling business use cases. This helps in identifying the gaps and lapses.

The ICMG Rating process uses Enterprise Anatomy models as a basis for evaluation and impact analysis.




Is this Ratings Process a simple one? How do we request for this service?


It is quite simple. You download the Form, Fill in Information and Upload it as per instructions.

Assessment will then take place and you will receive the Report at the end. There will be video interactions with our consultants.




Will there be a need for our Project Team to interact with the assessors? How is the Report prepared and delivered?


Our team will share the Questions / Rating Form which the customer team will fill in. It is crucial to define one main contact who can collaborate with various stakeholders to collect the information / models required to complete the Rating Form.

Additionally, there will be two to three interactions with Video. Our Appraisal team can communicate with your Project Team during the Video Calls.

The assessment team may have questions that are posted on My Architecture site. Customer team members (or key contact) will explain and respond to queries.




How is your Ratings service different from others?


The rating is based on project use cases / scenarios related to business and technology goals.

Our team will rate various architecture models such as business strategy models, business process models, system models, technology models, implementation models, operation models. Once completeness and consistency of each of the models (mentioned above) are rated, then we rate inter-relationship between these models in fulfilling business use cases. This helps in identifying the gaps and lapses.

ICMG Enterprise Anatomy is used as a framework for evaluation and ranking.

Our program and rating service is way ahead and stands above all the competitors in terms of evaluation methodology, ranking parameters, coverage, consistency and completeness. We have reviewed and rated over 1000 projects and solutions across 40 plus countries. This makes our service, one of the most trusted architecture rating service in the world.




What are the key deliverables of Architecture Rating Service?


Deliverables of this service include

  • Assessment Questions, Checklist for Data gathering
  • Ratings Dashboard consisting of over 14-gauge meters (PDF) indicating rating for each of the assessment category,
  • A presentation consisting of Findings & reports (PDF)
  • Sample Models
  • Recommendations




Can ICMG team help in data gathering as a part of Fast-Track Architecture Rating Service?


Our team will share the Assessment Questions, Checklist, Sample Models for Data gathering. The customer needs to assign one key contact, who will collect the information from internal stakeholders.

ICMG team members will work with the designated key contact only.




What is the Scope of your assessment? What will it cover and will not cover?


The scope of the assessment is limited to the ARCHITECTURE of the Project/Solution.

The customer will identify Use Cases / scenarios related to business goals, business process, system capability, technology maturity, implementation effectiveness and operational excellence.

Our findings and recommendations are solely based on the documents, models provided as a part of data gathering process.

Our team will rate various architecture models such business strategy models, business process models, system models, technology models, implementation models, operation models. Once completeness and consistency of each of the models (mentioned above) are rated, then we rate inter-relationship between these models in fulfilling business use cases. This helps in identifying the gaps and lapses.

It’s responsibility of the customer to ensure that project/solution related information are made available in a timely manner.

This assessment doesn’t cover

  • Testing Software code

  • Testing hardware, software features of the solution

  • Capacity testing, or

  • Testing deployment features provided by any vendors




Are the ratings available in a Visual format? Can you provide some details?


Ratings will be provided in a Visual Dashboard Graphics (Gauge meters). There will be an overall rating for the project and individual ratings dashboard for each area (category) assessed.




Do you provide any additional help in implementing the recommendations?


We have vast experience in Enterprise Architecture Consulting and we will be happy to assist our customers in implementing the recommendations as per the Ratings Report. We can also provide Education as needed.




Do you have any Webinars available that will throw more light on the Ratings?


We have a growing collection of on-demand Webinars as well as Live Webinars from our experts. There are several webinars available explaining the Fasttrack Rating Service, methodology, parameters, etc. Please visit our web site for more information.




Are there any resources available for us to download, preview etc., to know more about the Ratings?


Our resource collection is growing. Many resources including Videos, Webinars, White Papers, Posters etc., are available for download




What tools do you use during the engagement? Do we need to have them installed?


We use several tools during our Service Engagements. These include :

  • Video Calls / Consultations: Webinarjam (Google Chrome browser needed)

  • Document format: MS Word, MS PPT, MS Excel

  • Document Exchange/Storage & Collaboration: ICMG My Architecture Portal

  • Architecture Modelling: SPARX Enterprise Architect (8.1 above)

  • Webinar: Webinarjam

  • Online Registration & Payment / E-Store: My Architecture Store




Is Architecture Rating Service focussed on a specific industry? What are the industries for which you have done the rating?


Our Architecture Rating service has spanned across industries including Banking & Financial Services, Insurance, Airline, Transportation & Logistics, Media, Government & Utilities among others.

In addition, our functional expertise includes Engineering, Sales, Marketing, Finance, Information Technology and Product Life Cycle Management etc.




We are a Software Products Company. Will your rating service help in improving our Product Architecture?


Most Certainly. The Architecture Principles that apply to Project Architectures apply equally to Product as well.

This service is useful for companies to assess the readiness of a product to achieve one or more goals.

The rating is based on product use cases / scenarios related to business and technology goals.

The ranking service finding would improve the likelihood for a project to succeed. Each deficiency or shortcomings found during the assessment will require intervention and effective response and corrective measures should be found. This will also help to informedly assign responsibility for a task or program. It would, of course, help maintain the coherence and credibility of the product.

ICMG Enterprise Anatomy is used as a framework for evaluation. It is the basis for comprehension, interpretation and impact evaluation in the assessment process.




We are a Start-up organisation. How will your Program help


Often, start-up entrepreneurs are constrained by time, money or both? Architecture of a product / solution is the key to prioritizing product features, resource allocation and investments.

A service like this is very beneficial, as the business owners can get a first hand insight into the readiness of their project/product/solution in just 4-6 weeks. The ranking service finding would improve the likelihood for a project to succeed.

Each deficiency or shortcomings found during the assessment will require intervention and effective response and corrective measures should be found. This will also help to informedly assign responsibility for a task or program. It would, of course, help maintain the coherence and credibility of the solution.

Start-up organizations can leverage this service as it cuts through the maze of technical jargons and delivers a n objective ranking of the current status. Our findings and recommendations can be a great way forward resource allocation and prioritization of product release.




We are a global, multinational corporation with project teams spread across five countries. Will your team be able to help us?


Our consultants are available across multiple-geographies, supporting customers in various time zones. We have successfully completed several assignments.




How many companies have participated in ICMG Rating Programs?


Architecture Rating Service customers participate effectively in the award program as ICMG Enterprise Anatomy Framework is used as a basis for evaluation and ranking system.

We periodically publish the list of companies that have received architecture excellence for their project. You will view the 2019, 2018 and 2017 lists here

Our Architecture Rating services are way ahead and above all rivals in terms of assessment criteria, ranking parameters, scope, accuracy and completeness. We have evaluated and rated over 1,000 projects and solutions across 40 plus countries in the last 14 years. This makes ICMG one of the most respected Architecture Rating systems.





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