Business Value from IT
Macmillan Science and Education is a global academic and educational publisher of prestigious brands including Nature, Palgrave and Scientific American.
MSE was formed in 2012 by combining various businesses in the Macmillan portfolio (notably, Nature Publishing Group, Macmillan Higher Education and Palgrave Macmillan). Since its inception, the company has been undergoing a programme of consolidation into two divisions: Science & Scholarly and Education. Although progress has been made already to advance this consolidation from an IT perspective, the estate remains largely fragmented yet the company’s strategic challenges remain: how to build momentum in the market as a content/technology product leader whilst, at the same time, to overcome the inertia of a currently federated architecture with legacy technology-enabled workflows. Virtrium were commissioned to develop an Enterprise Architecture Blueprint strategy (Blueprint) to address these current strategic challenges.
Working closely with MSE’s Enterprise Architecture team, Virtrium used its industry best- practice techniques to conduct an appraisal of the company’s current state business, technology and information architectures and, in alignment with its business strategy, develop the desired end state enterprise architecture. After formulating a set of business-focused architectural guiding principles, the project team’s sophisticated modelling techniques examined over 100 opportunities for change to develop a prioritised roadmap for guiding strategic investment.
Virtrium and the MSE project team were able to deliver a comprehensive Blueprint strategy for achieving cost reduction and risk mitigation that would:
"Virtrium provided us with the required depth and breadth of expertise to complete a complex initiative, exactly in the time frame required. This has helped underpin our ambitious consolidation and rationalisation roadmap."
David McNally - Chief Technology Officer