6 years, 11 months ago

From EA to Business Architecture

Last week I discussed the importance of effective communication for EA.This week I will talk about how important Enterprise Architecture and Business Architecture are to being successful at executing a Business Transformation in your organization.

What is Business Architecture?

Gartner defines Enterprise Architecture (EA) as a discipline for proactively and holistically leading enterprise responses to disruptive forces by identifying and analyzing the execution of change toward desired business vision and outcomes.

Notice the end of the definition talks about business vision and outcomes. Business Architecture (BA) is a subset of Enterprise Architecture. Without business context EA is narrowed to IT only and BA by itself is too limited in scope to provide the business any real value.

How does this relate to Business Transformation?

Business transformation is the ability for a business to react to multiple drivers, whether internal or external, and change the way it operates. Businesses today are increasingly complex and as a result, they are forced to be nimble or die. Some key drivers include:

  • New rules or regulation requirements
  • Increase in market competition
  • Changes in product or service offerings
  • Revenue and cost pressures

The road to successful transformation

The best way for a business to be able to react quickly and “transform” that will yield positive results is to have a complete picture of the business. This is where EA comes in with a cape to save the day! A complete picture of the business translates to having a mature architecture model from strategy all the way down to business services and everything in between. This model can then be manipulated to create “what if” scenarios and create future state architectures necessary to execute any given transformation.

Next week I will dive deeper into the details of executing a business transformation with a robust architecture.

Have you been successful executing a business transformation without the presence of an end-to-end architecture?  Join in the conversation and share your thoughts.

See you next week, same time, same place

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