Business Architecture may not be a new term, but it is certainly one that is grabbing a lot of headlines lately. Indeed we had record registrations for our “7 Steps to Business Architecture” webinar in July, and now that record looks like it’s being smashed again (judging by registrations to date) with our new webinar “Business Architecture 101” taking place on the 12th of September.
Some see Business Architecture as a variation of Enterprise Architecture, but for others it is a different discipline. At OpenText we see it as different; whether we like it or not traditional Enterprise Architecture is seen as the domain of the IT folks. On the other hand, Business Architecture is, as the name implies, focused on helping business people manage business problems. It is this accessibility and relevance to business teams that we believe is leading the interest. From our perspective the market interest in Business Architecture is also leading to renewed interest in our OpenText ProVision modeling tool.
ProVision has long been recognized as the easiest to use professional modeling tool on the market. But of course value for money and ease of use only matter if you deliver what’s needed! And in this respect the move to Business Architecture is like a coming home party for ProVision, which right from inception has focused on the interconnectedness of people, process and technology, while ensuring that any models you create or projects you undertake are connected to the goals, objectives and strategy of your organization.
Enough about our great product, let’s get back to Business Architecture! One of the key differences between Enterprise Architecture and Business Architecture is results! All too often Enterprise Architecture projects seem to create nothing but models for models sake, or at best models that only the modelers could really use or understand! Business Architecture as I implied earlier is more focused around results and outcomes. Models tend to be less detailed, or more abstract, because no-one is trying to boil an ocean, merely trying to do just enough to help make the right decisions or understand where specific problems lie. The models also tend to be more readable and shared more widely, indeed it is not uncommon for the models created as part of a Business Architecture initiative to be used as “How to” guides to help people within organizations to do their jobs.
Of course there is a lot more to designing and creating a great Business Architecture than my simple examples portray. It is more of this detail that we plan on sharing with you on the 12th. We, yes I forgot to mention I will be joined by process pioneer and world renowned expert Roger Burlton of BPTrends Associates. Roger has been promoting Business Architecture as an approach for many years; indeed he sees it as the natural progression from simple process improvement initiatives and a way to help take excellence to the next level.
So join Roger and me on Thursday September 12th as we explore the ins and outs of Business Architecture and share with you some ideas and insights that could help make all the difference on your next project. Once again, if you did not spot the link above you can register by clicking the link “Business Architecture 101”.
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