Podcast

Your business blueprint

Business Intelligence, GRC
Participating Company: 
MEGA International
Participating Company: 
ETM Ltd.
Participating Analyst: 
Ali Klaver

Business architecture is quite a specialist arm of the enterprise architecture umbrella and is dedicated to improving the organizing framework of a business. Taylor Emery (MEGA International) tells ETM’s Ali Klaver that business architecture has clear value and is here to stay.

 

Taylor says:
There are numerous definitions of business architecture. The practice is evolving quickly and I think we’ll continue to see the definition mature and refine itself by industry experts like William Ulrich and STA Group. The OMG defines 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.” This is a good summary definition, and I’ll go into a bit more detail to provide some insight into business architecture.

 

The blueprints used in business architecture aim to describe relevant scenarios, such as what an organization does, the motivations of business plans, or how it can improve its processing time. These blueprints—often expressed by way of diagrams using products like MEGA’s—provide the enterprise with the common language it needs to discuss scenarios, issues and problems. A common understanding and language is crucial to promote cohesion and to find solutions that transcend departments and teams.

 

The main benefits of BA are transparency, impact analysis, and alignment with business strategy. Transparency is crucial if you want to see the root cause of business problems. Transparency enables organizations to address business issues across divisions, departments and geographic locations.

Impact analysis, on the other hand, allows you to compare and contrast current and future states of the business and see the impact of change across the organization. Alignment with business strategy ensures that everybody in the business is on the same page.