Today’s businesses face a turbulent environment in which constant economic, regulatory and technological disruption has become the norm. Businesses need flexible, adaptable systems which can also deliver satisfactorily in ‘Business as Usual’ (BaU).
The discipline of Enterprise Architecture (EA) has become an important tool in the enterprise’s efforts to undertake major transformational changes that are aimed at achieving strategic goals. EA holds out the possibility of aligning Business and IT long-term goals along a joint roadmap, so that IT is responsive to business change and the business derives real value from its current and future investments in IT.
Most EA frameworks recognise 3 basic architectures that together constitute EA. They go by different names in different frameworks, but generically the 3 are:
- Business Architecture
- Information Systems Architecture (IS)
- Information Technology Architecture (IT)
Some organisations consider that Business Architecture is a separate concern from EA altogether and situate it outside EA, for example as part of the Change and Transformation environment (CaT).
Whether Business Architecture sits alongside or within EA, it is about designing a target operating model for the entire enterprise based on its mission and strategic goals. A Business Architecture is derived by first understanding the enterprise’s Business Model, as communicated by the leadership team. Business Architecture must also pay attention to any governance requirements demanded by legislation and the regulatory authorities. The architects next need to consider what Value Streams and supporting Capabilities are required to deliver the Business Model, and then move on to consider how Capabilities will be realised through business systems and their components.
The course that we offer takes the delegate through the process of deriving a Business Architecture, explaining the components required, and suggesting techniques, models and tools that assist with the process. We also show how eventually these components can be connected to IS/IT services.
The approach taken is loosely aligned to the TOGAF and Archimate standards, but this is not intended to be a formal course on either framework. No knowledge of these frameworks is required, although it would be desirable.
The course would benefit delegates already qualified in TOGAF and/or Archimate, or in some other EA framework, for example Zachman. The course would benefit Enterprise Architects, Business Architects and also Business Analysts and Senior Business Analysts looking to move up into an architectural role. The course would also suit the awareness needs of roles such as Programme Manager, and similar roles in the Change and Transformation environment.