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  1. Developing a Business Architecture Strategy Sarat Varanasi & Praveen Desai

  2. Defining Biz Architecture Teams • Business Architecture Background • BA Benefits and the need • BA Framework • Business Architecture/IT alignment • Business Architecture Team formation & Governance

  3. Background & Primary Objectives • Illustrating how the business works - • Helps Executives reorganize and clarify capabilities • Identify gaps in the organization and potential areas for new service offerings • Identifying Top end –to – end business processes (quote to cash, Hire to retire etc) • Pre-requisite for Business Process Management • Prioritize Process Improvements • Identify Opportunities for co-operation and breaking silos • High level view of capabilities • Determine Internal provision vs Outsourcing of capabilities • Mapping business capabilities to business systems to identify inconsistencies and resolve gaps • Establishing metrics to measure performance of business • Potentially help establish compensation and bonus structure

  4. Business Architecture Basics • Deliver Business Value / Continuous Improvement • Define Guiding Principles (ie. Minimalist Design) Simplify • Adopt Existing Standards • Communicate Methodologies • Business Change Rigor Standardize • Define Once Use Many • Process-Centric Management Modularize • Enable Vision / Strategy • Know Business End-to-End • Know Technology Enablers Integrate Source – Darryl Sabo– Developing a Biz Arch Foundation

  5. Benefits of Business Architecutre • Focus on the value to the organization and customer • Analyze Key Value Chains (functions and services yielding economic value) • Reduce risk and improve efficiency in process and technology • Identify Synergies in Processes • Eliminate duplications and reduce manual interventions by highlighting steps in process • Consolidate and standardize operations and technology staff across Business Units • Support other architecture domains • Basis for other domains like Technology, Enterprise and application architectures • Enabling Organizational change • Help identify impact of major process/ system changes and enabling organizational change • Measure the impact of current processes and identify opportunities for new services/offerings Source – SOA Consortium – Biz Arch: The missing link between EA and Biz strategy

  6. 4 Quadrant Framework for Business Architecture

  7. Business Architecture and IT • Business Architecture as IT Input Source – SOA Consortium – Biz Arch: The missing link between EA and Biz strategy

  8. Team Formation, Tools & Governance • Team - skills • Business Generalists and enterprise architects with solid business understanding • Business Process owners with analytical and system knowledge • Governance • Ensure business design changes are updated in the repository frequently • Ensure cross-functional business and IT teams representation in SC • Follow CMMI model for building maturity in the processes • Tools • BPM tools are a good starting point for BA teams • Development of searchable and easy to understand process artifacts essential