Travis Perkins Case Study
Onepoint helps Travis Perkins’ transformation programme by modelling its current architecture.
The client, headquartered in Northampton, is a leading company in the builders’ merchant and home improvement markets, and is the UK’s largest product supplier to the building and construction sector. It operates 21 businesses from 1,975 sites across the UK and Ireland, with over 24,000 employees nationwide and a sales revenue of £5,942 million (2015).
It differentiates itself in the market by the following value propositions:
- Use its size to offer competitive pricing to customers
- Use its network of 2,000 branches to conveniently offer products for collection
or delivery to customers anywhere in the UK
- Superior access to the broadest product range and excellent availability
- Excellent relationships with suppliers ensure the Group benefits from product
innovation and keen prices
- Provide excellent customer service
Travis Perkins has embarked on a large-scale business and IT transformation journey with the following vision:
- Replace and/or consolidate its legacy core systems
- Optimise and automate key business processes such as supply chain and
- Consolidate and exploit synergies between processes and systems within
the 21 businesses
- Improve data quality and information flow within and between businesses
- Exploit new digital sales channels such as web and mobile
- Better category management and pricing.
Planning the transformation journey required Travis Perkins to understand and model its business strategy, business capabilities, current processes, current systems and existing information. The production and communication of models required a structured methodology, an Enterprise Architecture Management tool to collaborate on and populate the architecture repository, and a well understood and accepted architecture repository meta model.
Onepoint Consulting worked with architects at Travis Perkins to create an architecture repository meta model based on ArchiMate (https://pubs.opengroup.org/architecture/archimate2-doc/) and TOGAF (https://pubs.opengroup.org/architecture/togaf9-doc/arch/). ArchiMate was used as the Architecture Definition Language to model business processes, business functions, applications, technology, data, goals, objectives among others, and architecture viewpoints. Business Model Canvas was used to model the high level business strategy in terms of customers, products, revenue stream, value propositions etc.
Sparx Enterprise Architect was used as the Enterprise Architecture Management tool to model, collaborate and populate the architecture repository.
In addition to supporting Travis Perkins with modelling the current architecture, Onepoint consultants were instrumental in shaping Travis Perkins’ application integration strategy and defining the high level conceptual data model.
Onepoint consultants used the defined architecture content meta model to produce current architecture models for 3 businesses (Travis Perkins, Wickes and Benchmarx). These models provide a common understanding of how the businesses currently operate and the solutions required for transition to the planned future state.
The Application Integration strategy enabled Travis Perkins to select an Application Integration product and provided a set of best practices for selecting and designing applications and data services.
The conceptual data model served as a key enabler to define the common business vocabulary and the initial set of required data services.