Monday, September 19, 2022


The business architecture needs to be used by the managers to adapt and improve the organization in the future.

Organizations today are dynamic and complex to adapt to the ever-evolving business ecosystem. The role of business architecture in designing and planning future enterprise is both interesting and challenging. It’s an effective communication tool for business executives to facilitate business dialogues; a strategy mapping tool to transform the manual process and the business requirement to process design and process governance so that the organization’s mission, vision, and goal can be realized smoothly.

Organizational architecture & alignment: Business architecture can be very valuable to take a look at balancing the business priorities, enforce cross-divisional communication and collaboration, and make strategic alignment for advising, overseeing, and performance monitoring. Strategic alignment occurs on multiple levels of the organizational hierarchy, with multiple links to articulate their strategic intent. The management needs to leverage business architecture as a strategic alignment tool by pondering: Are your processes functioning to deliver results consistent with the strategic intent? Are your people acting in a way that is consistent with the strategy? Are your business capabilities solidified enough to ensure a consistent delivery of customer value as defined in the strategy? If you can answer yes to these questions you have a strong alignment.

Strategic alignment is the process of systematically developing their long-term business advantage, ensuring all organization action is directed to achieving common strategic goals and objectives. The high mature digital organization can apply business architecture to bring a greater awareness of intricacies, systematic understanding of people dynamics, resource alignment, and technological impact, enabling seamless alignment and holistic management disciplines.

Business architecture & navigation:
Insightful business management leverages business architecture as an effective tool to explore business knowledge, gain an in-depth understanding of business vision, purpose, mission, value, strategy via interdisciplinary lens. Business Architecture is a useful navigation tool for helping business executives seek strategic views of changes; work to perceive issues from multiple points of view, identify trade-offs; make choices, while continually remaining open to discovering errors in one’s reasoning.

Business transformation is a large-scale change, you have to change many parts, transform the company's underlying functions and processes. The architecture as a navigation tool can be assessed qualitatively and quantitatively by scrutinizing: How good are the parts integrated into a whole? How much progress has been registered in modeling the parts and if properly designed so that they serve the purpose of stakeholders? Does it cover all parts of the enterprise, or plans to, for bridging “as is” and “to be” state of the organization? Etc.

Architecture & investment:
Running a successful business is challenging, so business investment is a complex activity and intelligent business discipline. Business architecture can be used as an investment instrument to create a decent business capability map, and make wise investments to achieve a situational balanced compromise or a meaningful trade-off. It helps the business management gain a contextual understanding of the purpose, objectives, and scope of business initiatives, as well as the needed resources, processes, capabilities for it to be successful.

By leveraging business architecture as an effective investment tool, visibility into each investment is established to provide ongoing reliable investment information as well as deepen understanding overall portfolio health and effectiveness. The management can get a better clearer picture of business investment from a cost, transparency, and complexity perspective, and enhance investment-strategic alignment.

The business architecture needs to be used by the managers to adapt and improve the organization in the future. It should play a critical role in designing and managing future businesses in the transition to the strategic state. It can be invaluable for performing a wide array of services, including strategic positions via competitive analysis, communication facilitation, process optimization, governance enhancement.


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