Business Architecture defines the business strategy, governance, organization and key business processes primarily focusing on the business motivations, business operations and business analysis frameworks and related networks that link these aspects of the enterprise together.
Business Architecture brings a more business oriented view on how an organization operates purely a technical-centric view. It provides the link between the planning and execution of strategy, and translates a strategic plan into tactical and measurable actions performed at a functional, departmental on line of business level. Business Architecture promotes project governance and synergies, and cross departmental alignment.
The goal of a Business Architecture Framework is to:
- Connect strategy with operations and projects in relevant ways
- Create and understand business patterns and trends
- Provide a common perspective and prevent fragmentation
Business architecture delivers value as an effective communication tool and analytical framework for translating strategy into actionable initiatives, thus enhancing an enterprise’s capability to deliver transformational change. Strategy execution often fails due to the inability to convert strategic intent into operational changes due to lack of clear overall view of business functions, processes and information systems resulting in business and technology changes taking place in silos.
Interested in learning more?
Check out this is an interesting article here by Jean Dieudonne that illustrates the important overlaps of business architecture with transformation and change management, and focuses on one of the key areas of work, namely ‘Capability Management’.