How to get started with Business Architecture, IT Architecture, and Enterprise Architecture

The role of Enterprise Architecture is to align, coordinate, and govern. Its main purpose is to ensure that Business and IT go hand in hand. To achieve that, Enterprise Architecture brings together two aspects: Business architecture and IT architecture. Today´s article provides an introduction to both concepts. Business Architecture – The Head of Enterprise Architecture …

Business Architecture concepts that help Business and IT to align (Value Streams, Business Capabilities, Business Processes)

Business Architecture has become a broadly used concept not only by Enterprise Architects but also by all kinds of stakeholders, including business people. In today´s article, we discuss three major concepts that can be used to describe an organization´s business architecture. How to Model your Business Architecture? In an Enterprise Architecture model, business architecture usually …

Business Capabilities Definition and Example

Today´s IT architectures are organized by business capabilities – especially if a microservices architecture is in place. Typically, the business architecture layer incorporates the business capability model and maps to applications, data, and technology etc. on the other architecture layers. This article gives an introduction to business capabilities, defines it and provides an example.

What is an IT Architect (Enterprise, Solution, Software / Application, Data, Technology, Infrastructure, Security)

In IT Architecture, IT architects do the work. However, an IT architect is not an IT architect and there are important differences when considering this role. This article presents the most important subcategories of IT architects and compares them to each other.

Why Enterprise Architecture is Relevant for The Business

In my article “What is modern Enterprise Architecture”, I mention that business and IT need to stronger collaborate to drive Enterprise Architecture towards success. In this article, I describe why business needs to engage more in the Enterprise Architecture practice.

Top 5 Use Cases for Business Capabilities to Transform an Organization

Business capabilities more and more take over the role as primary concept when it comes to manage all kinds of alignments and gain transparency of one or more organizations. In this article, I would like to present five major use cases that business capabilities can enable and what is needed to achieve the desired benefits.

12 Must-Dos to Get Business Capabilities Right

I have seen many organizations in which someone had the idea to use business capabilities for their work. Business capabilities are still a relatively new concept and there is little agreement and accepted literature when it comes to the theory of the concept. Several organizations have tried to establish standards, yet, the scope of their standards ends at the boundaries of their organization. The results are little available guidance, heterogeneous development results, few success stories in the market, and many sceptic stakeholders. In order to support those organizations struggling with developing business capabilities, I have summarized my top 12 lessons learnt that I experienced during the past few years.

What will TOGAF 9.3 or TOGAF 10 look like?

Many IT professionals, including myself, found the latest release of the TOGAF 9.2 model a bit disappointing. Yet, it is important to understand that the TOGAF Standard is by far not all that The Open Group inherits. There is also a tremendous amount of thoughts, articles, researches, and other sorts of content that do address more modern topics and that may become part of TOGAF 9.3 or TOGAF 10 when it is released.

What you Need to Know About Business Capabilities (in a Nutshell)

Most organizations used to take process descriptions to describe their organization and their IT. Nowadays, organizations consider business capabilities to be more adequate for such purposes. In short, business capabilities describe what a company does, while processes describe, how a company does it. Also, business capabilities are a more stable and easier-to-understand framework than a traditional process landscape is. This enables a couple of fundamental use cases.

Four Useful Enterprise Architecture Artefacts for Your Business Architecture

Interestingly, there are even large companies out there that put very little to no effort in assessing, managing, and developing their business architecture within their enterprise architecture practice. It seems that, due to the very few benefits realized from business architecture in the short-term, the focus of enterprise architecture had been more on technology solutions, information, and data. With the rediscovery of enterprise architecture during the past few years, this seems to be changing and the result is a high demand for business architecture Expertise.

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