What is Business Architecture?

Posted on 13/01/2010. Filed under: Business, Business Architecture, Enterprise Architecture |

“What is business architecture?”, a client asked me the other day. [tweetmeme source=”EmunaConsulting” only_single=false]

Business architecture is a profession and artifacts. A business architect is the professional who create the designs, models and frameworks also known as artifacts.

The Object Management Group‘s define business architecture as: “A blueprint of the enterprise that provides a common understanding of the organization and is used to align strategic objectives and tactical demands.

Business architecture articulate the enterprise in terms of what, how, where, who, when and why as the Zachman Framework categorize columns.

  • What – the organization capabilities
  • How – the business processes
  • Where – the place where business operates
  • Who – the organization’s human composition
  • When – the timing of the events within the organization
  • Why – the business strategy

Business architecture incorporate all actors internal and external to the organization in the artifacts.

The value business architecture brings to the enterprise is by increasing the organizational effectiveness. It also increase accountability and improve decision-making. The models and maps of the organization’s vision and business strategy achieve this.

This is a short description on business architecture. More posts to follow around business architecture views, business strategy and business architecture frameworks.

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