Here are answers to frequently asked questions about Business Architecture.
“A blueprint of the enterprise that provides a common understanding of the organization and is used to align strategic objectives and tactical demands.”
The documents and diagrams within this blueprint – created and managed with software products like IRIS Business Architect – describe the architectural structure of this business or organization. Business architecture is the bridge between the enterprise business model and the enterprise strategy on one side, and the business functionality of the corporate business or organization on the other side.
People who build business architecture are known as Business Architects. Working as a change agent with senior business stakeholders, the Business Architect plays a key part in shaping and fostering continuous improvement, business transformation, and business innovation initiatives.
- Define a new market
- Drive legacy modernization
- Investment analysis
- New product offering or service rollout in the marketplace
- Business capacity outsourcing
- Supply chain streamlining
- Regulatory compliance
- Joint-venture development
- Business unit restructuring
- Reinvent what and who a company is
- Integrate people, processes, capabilities, technology and culture during a merger and acquisition
- Transform a large corporation to a customer centric business model
- Make a decision that significantly reshapes a government program
Insert The Strategy-Business Architecture-Execution Table
Business Architects serve as the connection between strategy and execution within an enterprise. Strategy and operational requirements drive modifications to Business Architecture and Business Architecture insure the decoding of these ideas into actionable steps that can then be implemented and in an integrated in a consistent manner across all divisions of an organization. As a consequence, Business Architects normally have a direct tie into an organization’s strategy, planning and software development processes.
- Better decision-making ability. Business Architects help enterprises comprehend the complete impacts of decisions before making them, therefore reducing risk for each decision.
- Driven and cohesive strategy. Business Architects serves to decode strategy into action and focus investment.
- Higher operational effectiveness and capacity for growth. Business Architects help enterprises reconsider how it structures and rationalizes business operations for efficiency and scalability.
- Agility in business and information technology execution. A repository of reusable business architecture content and defined processes that decodes strategies into execution significantly speeds up an enterprise’s ability to recognize and implement the necessary changes.