Saturday, September 5, 2020

The Value of Business Architecture to Keep Priorities in Balance

Business Architecture contains the organizational context and is strategic in that it gives direction to the large scale business transformation.

The exponential growth of information and the probability of surprising emergent business properties bring both unprecedented opportunities and risks to organizations across industrial sectors today. Digital enterprises generally consist of varying intersecting and interacting systems and subsystems to achieve the state of dynamism, continuum, and interaction. The real value of business architecture is to identify gaps, assumptions, risks, etc, balance multi-facet of facts and data, shape the prioritization of the opportunities, and keep the priorities in balance

Business planning to bridge business strategy and execution: A business plan outlines the preferred course of action and provides direction. To thrive in the “VUCA” digital new normal, Business Architecture (BA) as a master planner tool can bring greater awareness of intricacies and value of the ever-evolving business systems. Business Architecture's role in designing and planning future enterprise is to gain the long term strategic-choreography perspectives, understand business complexity and its dynamic ecosystem, not just a snapshot of the current business circumstances. With a strategic view, an organization has a vision of what it will achieve, and it creates a paradigm shift in the management approach to building the future state.

Because there would be an increase in the range of planned activities against the potential unplanned (presumably unforeseeable) activities. Business Architecture is a practical tool to explore macro-environment and navigate critical business activities to manage uncertainty and deal with complexity smoothly. With today’s business velocity and frequent digital disruptions, companies also leverage Business Architecture to orchestrate dynamic planning processes, pay continual attention to current changes in the organization and its external environment, and how this affects the future of the organization.

A business communication tool to keep the leadership team on the same page, and stay focused on key priority: In many organizations getting stuck at the low level of maturity, communications sometimes seem like an oxymoron. There are multiple causes for poor communication. Often, the communication bottleneck and the primary impediments to collaboration is a dissonance between upper and middle management and a similar dissonance between middle management and the frontline employees. Business Architecture is a useful tool to facilitate communications of business change initiatives, improve greater transparency, trust, and collaboration,

Business Architecture enables “mind crafting” and deals with the diversity of thoughts, know how to tap their various resources and be inclusive and recognize merit, orchestrate the interrelationship between people and process, and bridge the multitude of viewpoints. The business architecture equivalent takes a look at balancing the business priorities and forcing conversations that are otherwise difficult to have, enforce cross-divisional communication and collaboration, and make strategic alignment, for advising, monitoring, deliberation, sustaining a balance of diversified viewpoints, leverage repeatable processes, and master expectation management.

Business improvement initiatives of sufficient significance to warrant Board attention: Any initiative, even though a very technical one should have a business objective associated with it. To keep relevant, the challenge for digital organizations is to manage and optimize its portfolio of relevant cross-border strategic synergies and organizational interdependence. The benefits of using Business Architecture in business improvement initiatives include things like portfolio rationalization, identifying gaps, assumptions, risks, etc, leverage architectural design thinking to see how the business solution being built will perform with respect to their quality attribute goals.

Business Architecture is also a series of methods and industry-standard practices to describe what you do, why, how, where, and who derives or how to do it. Good business sense suggests that knowing an application's utilization and resource consumption are necessary to make good architecture decisions. From a business improvement perspective, Business Architecture should have the capability to transform the manual process and the business requirement to process design and process governance. Business architecture can be very valuable for performing a wide array of additional services, including process measurement and optimization, segment analysis, strategic positioning, and a wide array of other business functions.

The digital organization is hyper-connected and interdependent, the linear system perception needs to be replaced by complex adaptive systems. Business Architecture contains the organizational context and is strategic in that it gives direction to the large scale business transformation. Any architecture has to accommodate the fact that all organizations operate simultaneously as open and closed systems. This is a reality. Hence, any architecture has to be able to accommodate this, keep business priority in balance, and improve the overall organizational maturity.


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