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Are your business processes correctly set up for digitisation?

Enterprise design creates clarity.

Is enterprise design a prerequisite for the digital transformation?

hpo Insights

Digitisation has two aspects: firstly it permits entirely new business models, and secondly it forms the basis for the further automation of processes. Successful organisations have already initiated the digital transformation and are converting their value creation structures and redefining processes. Here, enterprise design is the overriding strategic approach that makes it possible to get to grips with fundamental changes during the course of the digital transformation.

Enterprise design forms a basis for the digitisation of business processes.

Digitisation creates new challenges for companies and those in charge of managing them. The way in which customers get information, communicate, receive advice and make decisions on purchases has fundamentally changed. Organisations are internationally and multiculturally oriented, and at the same time, the markets they operate in have different requirements and levels of maturity. Acquisitions and new business models are being integrated into existing structures, and ultimately, complexity both inside and outside departments is increasing. Enterprise design is the right response and the optimum solution to tackling all these challenges and combining the existing and the new to create an extraordinarily successful whole.


In an environment that is changing ever more, it is essential to pursue a long-term strategy. It is this that forms the basis of unique features that are developed over the course of years and which cannot be copied in the short term. It also creates bonds with the various stakeholders. Enterprise design guarantees this overriding, long-term approach, and it is the prerequisite for digital transformation. As part of the process, we define (future) value creation, derive the business model and overall processes (end-to-end), and develop the corresponding management structure (organisation) from analysis to consolidation in day-to-day work. A central component of the enterprise design is the formation of the business process model.


Enterprise design is based on the systematic build-up of the competences required for the service to the customer. This includes, in particular, those that become essential because of the digital transformation. This way, companies are able to position themselves optimally for the long term and realise competitive advantages over other providers, regardless of which change processes need to be mastered.


hpo boasts more than 20 years’ experience in this area and will be happy to support you. Give us a call and arrange a non-binding consultation with us.

Your contact: Dr. Thierry Lalive d’Epinay

t.lalive@hpo.ch, +41 44 787 60 02

The Target Operating Model as a hyped-up concept for an expanded business process model

The term “Target Operating Model” (abbreviated to TOM) is currently among the most hyped-up catchphrases in management. The TOM defines a target state towards which a company is supposed to develop in order to be able to hold its ground competitively over the long term. At the same time, the TOM helps to identify the necessary changes and is  a starting point for the transformation process.


The TOM describes the future positioning and the strategic thrusts associated with this, the business model, the value promise, the business process model, and the management structure of a company. Various stages are possible in the development of a Target Operating Model – from the rough sketch of the functionalities to a comprehensive framework that describes all the tasks in detail.


The development of the TOM frequently involves various different stakeholders in order to ensure successful implementation thanks to a common target image.

Enterprise design defines the mode of operation of an organisation.

Enterprise design is the overriding strategic approach. It defines how positioning and strategic thrust, as well as the value promise, are operationalised through the business process model and the management structure. For this, we adopt the following approach (see infographic below):


1. Work hypotheses

In an initial phase, we work with senior management to sketch out how the company currently functions and what the target image might look like. From this, we derive work hypotheses, on the one hand for the structuring of a symptom-causes-analysis, and on the other, as a target image for optimum functioning of the company. In many cases this comprises a business process model, the adequate management structure (fast prototyping), and the design principles.


2. Analysis of the current situation

In the subsequent analysis of the current situation, which consists of a top-down analysis on the one hand, and targeted bottom-up interviews on the other, the work hypotheses are verified and/or falsified. What results is a clear picture of the current situation in the company. This can be used to provide initial starting points for increasing efficiency and to identify what action is needed for the achievement of the target image. The involvement of employees ensures that the causes of possible conflicts are identified clearly.


3. Target design

Building on the findings from the analysis of the current situation, the business process model to support the strategy can be developed along with the management structure. Alongside the design principles defined by the company, the characteristics of a high-performance organisation are applied (consistent responsibility, clear roles and responsibilities, defined interfaces and congruency of the business process model and management structure). Process disruptions, the causes of problems, and errors in design can be addressed and resolved in a targeted way. The target design also permits a clear understanding of shared goals and values in the company among employees at all levels.


4. Participative roll-out

Building on a gap analysis, the measures are planned sequentially and on a top-down basis. The successful transformation of the company is supported through the involvement of employees in the detail design, in line with their roles in the company. This way, those affected become participants and decisions are made jointly, so that changes are successful.


Your contact: Stefan Zirhan
s.zirhan@hpo.ch, +41 44 787 60 04

Enterprise design as an overriding strategic approach: how it’s done.

Long-term competitive advantages thanks to efficient enterprise design.

Enterprise design is a challenge for many companies. Here, it’s essential that the efficient functioning and the effective management of the company is guaranteed. A central element of enterprise design is the creation of the business process model (see representation below) and the management structure, which is outlined briefly in the following. With the application of design principles, the fundamental characteristics of a high-performance organisation and the specifications of the company are taken into account.


A professional and targeted enterprise design leads to significant benefits for an organisation.


The enterprise design:


  • orients business activities consistently towards strategy and customer needs;
  • improves customer satisfaction by making it the starting point for the design of the business process model;
  • increases the efficiency of a company by eliminating duplications and redundant capacities;
  • reduces complexity thanks to a shared understanding of the business and processes, and simplifies internal interfaces;
  • supports the introduction of modern management approaches through the definition of clear areas of responsibility and performance indicators;
  • initiates a strategy-based and performance-oriented company culture;
  • ensures the scalability of the company and facilitates growth along ordered lines.


Correctly designed and implemented, enterprise design supports any organisation in the realisation of long-term competitive advantages. This is required regardless of whether the company has one or more locations or whether it has grown organically or through mergers and acquisitions – through a business process model the company becomes significantly more efficient.


In addition, the consistent orientation of the business process model towards the customer journey increases customer satisfaction.  


Your contact: Stefan Zirhan
s.zirhan@hpo.ch, +41 44 787 60 04

A typical business process model from hpo and its design principles (example).

Example 1: Strategic orientation at the University Hospital of Zürich.

The new management of the University Hospital of Zürich (USZ) wanted to position the hospital to be more future-proof, harness the growing demands as an opportunity, and develop a leading position in the face  of national and international competition.


These aims can only be achieved over the long term. In the age of agility and digitisation, when the emphasis is on rapidly changing customer needs and framework conditions, it initially seems like a contradiction to develop long-term strategies.


Nevertheless, the USZ was clearly of the opinion that the challenges could only be solved with a long-term approach. Two examples: The target of being among the top 30 in the ranking of internationally active university hospitals (“Shanghai Ranking”) can only be achieved over a period of many years. The same applies for the development of a hospital with outstanding individual clinics to become the paramount provider of complete medical services.


For this reason, the USZ decided to develop the strategy with hpo as a partner, since hpo’s competence-based strategy design approach offered precisely this  longevity. During the course of the project, we worked together to develop the long-term core elements of the strategy and the industry model as a basis for the positioning. This highlights the various actors in the medical supply chain (general practitioners, specialists and regional, central and university hospitals, etc.) systematically and makes it possible to present the various options graphically in a way that is easy to understand. It was on this basis that the nine strategic building blocks were defined (see graphic below). In accordance with the competence-based hpo strategy approach, the six top building blocks are given validity of 10+ years. Building block 7 (“Strategic thrusts”) forms the basis for building block 8 (“Strategic goals”), which is designed to be adapted on an ongoing basis according to annual further development, and this is then realised in specific plans within the scope of building block 9 (“Strategy implementation”).


With these nine building blocks, USZ has been given a simple and reduced strategy. It shows the functionality of the company and creates a clear understanding about the competences that will be needed now and in the future.


As part of the comprehensive enterprise design approach, these strategy building blocks can be operationalised and translated into processes.


Benefits for the customer

The University Hospital of Zürich has been able to develop a pragmatic and condensed strategy. This highlights the strategic lines of attack and facilitates a direct derivation of processes.

Universitäts Spital Zürich

“The University Hospital of Zürich combines top achievements in medicine and research for the best possible and most efficient medical treatment of its patients. This is a situation the USZ is consolidating with its long-term strategy – a complex task in light of the more than 40 clinics and institutions that form part of it.


Thanks to hpo’s strategic approach, which is based and structured around the development of competences, we have successfully developed a corporate strategy by means of a transparently managed process. Many stakeholders have been involved in the process within a short space of time and our high demands in terms of quality of the strategy and preparations for its implementation have been more than met. In the collaboration with us as an expert organisation, hpo has set standards with its experience and its methodical approach.”
Gregor Zünd, Prof. Dr. med.
Chairman of the Hospital's Management Board, CEO,
University Hospital of Zürich
Gregor Zünd, Prof. Dr. med.

The nine strategic building blocks developed by hpo.

Example 2: Gurit implements enterprise design in order to meet future requirements.

As a globally operating company, Gurit knows the importance of keeping pace with the times. Differentiation by means of the service provided along the customer journey is an important aspect if the company is to remain among the top players in the area of high-performance plastics.


The analysis of the “global business mechanism” (interaction, sales, production and development sites) and of the processes at the sites highlighted the need to optimise the following areas:


  • Increase in customer perception through uniform customer journeys in the business units with regard to touchpoints and interaction guidelines;
  • Improved performance through clear definition of the roles and responsibilities in day-to-day business and in innovation;
  • Reduction of complexity at the locations, particularly in the interaction with sales, product management and planning.


Building on the results of the analyses, hpo worked with Gurit to develop a “global business mechanism” with defined roles and responsibilities, which were operationalised with the business process model. One important element is a uniform customer journey, which was formed as a clear differentiation factor in relation to service leadership. An adapted management structure completed the global enterprise design (Target Operating Model).


In an “Operational Excellence Project”, the processes at a core location were adapted to the requirements of the enterprise design and the internal processes were aligned accordingly. This essentially incorporated both order and complaints management, as well as production planning and industrialisation. The “Operational Excellence Project” was designed as a pilot project and supplied the “blueprint” for the other locations.


The Target Operating Model and its requirements were used as the starting point for the definition of a universal IT landscape consisting of CRM and location-based ERP solutions. Through training and communication, the Target Operating Model became the Operating Model. Once again, it was revealed that through a strategy-supported enterprise design, a crucial lever could be created for sustainable competitiveness.


Benefits for the customer

The roles, responsibilities and interfaces at Gurit were clearly defined. This meant cooperation could be significantly improved and customer support made significantly more professional.

Gurit

“As a global company, what’s hugely important for us is collaboration between sales, production and development that spans different functions and locations. The Target Operating Model that was developed and implemented with hpo has clearly defined roles, responsibilities and interfaces. This meant it was possible to significantly improve cooperation globally and regionally and to improve customer support along the customer journey.


With their methodical approach and expertise across different industries, hpo was able to give us professional guidance in a challenging market environment with our multicultural set-up. The methodology applied by hpo very quickly developed into a shared language between all those involved in the project. The broad involvement of our employees thus quickly brought the necessary results and guaranteed a high level of acceptance for the solution.”
Stefan Gautschi
General Manager,
Gurit Composite Materials
Stefan Gautschi

Example 3: Stringent process design improves customer experience at Thurgauer Kantonalbank.

For the Thurgauer Kantonalbank (TKB) it’s clear that the customer’s route to their goal (attractive returns) offers the most possibilities for differentiation from the competition. That’s why it set itself the goal of aligning the investment consultation process optimally with the customer requirements of the identified target groups. Part of this involves identifying the most important tools along the process and deriving the associated IT requirements, as well as aligning the role profile of the customer advisor with the new process in terms of their tasks, competences, responsibilities and remuneration.


In an intense collaboration with a team spanning different departments, consisting of customer advisors, segment managers, internal consultants, HR and IT, hpo revised the previous investment consultation process entirely in order to tailor it optimally to the needs of the identified target groups. Following this, the tool requirements along the investment consultation process were specified and attuned with the IT. Based on the findings of the process design, the role profile of the customer advisor was further developed in close cooperation with the HR experts.


The project results flowed directly into the new product palette. After working with hpo, the TKB is nowable to stand out effectively in the investment business among the identified target customers through:


  • a customer experience spanning the different banks (same language, approach, etc.) thanks to a standardised, FIDLEG*-compliant consultation process;
  • satisfied customers thanks to consistent orientation towards the needs of individual target groups and thanks to new, customer-friendly approaches with regard to risk profiling and monitoring;
  • more time for the customers, since the customer advisors are more clearly focused on their role profile and are supported by intuitive tools.


A strict process design developed as part of the enterprise design, derived from a clearly defined value promise, leads to a clearly optimised customer experience.


Benefits for the customer

A customer experience spanning the different banks, a real customer-friendly approach with regard to risk profiling and monitoring, and advisors that have more time to advise customers and support them with intuitive tools.

* German: Finanzdienstleistungsgesetz (Financial Services Act)

Thurgauer Kantonalbank

“With the professional support of the industry and methodology experts at hpo, we are on the right path to consistently aligning our offering in the investment business with the customer needs.


The ‘top-down, bottom-up’ approach recommended by hpo enabled us to put ourselves in the shoes of our target customers with the help of so-called  ‘personas’, and thus to understand their requirements optimally and to test these efficiently with real people. Thanks to hpo’s support, we were able  to realise our project goals more quickly.”
David Strebel
Head of Market Service Division
Thurgauer Kantonalbank
David Strebel

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Who is hpo?


hpo makes companies more successful and more innovative. The strategy consultancy for enterprise design boasts more than 20 years of experience in the creation of strategies and organisations spanning many different industries. The management consultants at hpo specialise in the meticulous development of strategies, processes, business models, innovation and culture, and in accompanying the transformation.


The hpo design approach enables companies to better cope with strategic and organisational challenges and to realise substantial competitive advantages. The basis of the industry-spanning design approach is an academically grounded methodology with which high performance organisations are shaped and which is continually further developed with the latest findings from research and practice.


The management consultants at hpo come from a commercial or technology background and stand out with their high level of analytical and emotional intelligence. They are passionate in their dedication to the client’s concerns and enjoy working in a team.


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