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Tag Archives: Capability

Is Capability a Function?

In response to a recent post I got a comment from a reader suggesting that what I called a Function was a Capability. In this post I explain how I align Capability with the standard English meaning of the word, i.e. what an enterprise is capable of doing. Capability actually couples a Function with elements that increase its depth, scope, productivity, etc. These elements could include knowledge, technology, product portfolio, geography, and many others.

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Does Capability Equate to Process?

Capability is a measure of the capacity of an organisation to provide a product or service that fulfills an existing or envisaged need to a customer or a market. In this sense, Capabilities are derived by bring together existing functions, data, services, products, technologies, skills, etc. to effect the delivery of the need in the […]

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Capability vs Requirement

A very common error in world of Enterprise Architecture (EA) or Strategic Enterprise Architecture (SEA) is to define “Capability” as “Requirement”. In order to resolve this confusion we need to take a brief diversion and say that the term “Requirement”, when used on its own, is quite meaningless.  To achieve clarity simply ask “who requires […]

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