What is Business Architecture?
“Business Architecture is an important new corporate activity being piloted by major corporate organizations and performed by cross organizational generalists who possess professional skills for transforming corporate strategy into business designs that enable corporations to increase market share, profit margins and flexibility, while reducing risk”
Paul Bodine Co-founder of the Business Architects Association
Jeff Scott on the future of business architecture
The areas listed above are explained briefly below and further elaborated upon throughout the Arcibus Program.
What are the Business Architecture Components?
In this Arcibus Business Architecture, business components are categorized as:
What is a Value Stream?
George Brown (2009) of BP Trends provided this description of a value stream:
"An end-to-end collection of activities that create a result for a customer, who may be the ultimate customer or who may be an internal “end user” of the value stream. The value stream has a clear goal: to satisfy or to delight the customer. Value streams differ from functions in that a value stream is a cycle of activity that begins with a specified event and ends when a specified output is produced. The customer is sometimes the ultimate customer of the enterprise; sometimes the "customer" exists within the enterprise. (Brown, 2009)
Brown, G. (2009). Value Chains, Value Streams, Value Nets, and Value Delivery Chains BP Trends (April), pp. 1-12
What does business gain from using Business Architecture ?
A More Performance Focused Business
Faster Time from Demand to Solutions Delivery
Engaging New Staff
Effective Risk and Compliance Management
Future Proofing the Business
What are Critical Success Factors?
“The limited number of areas in which results, if they are satisfactory will ensure successful competitive performance for the organisation”(Forster and Rockart, 1989).
In this Arcibus Framework the Critical Success Factors are:
What is a Focus Group?
Guidance in the formation of the focus groups was provided by Tong, Sainsbury, and Craig (2007) , that states:
WHY DO BUSINESS MANAGERS NOT CARE FOR THE USE OF THE TERM “ARCHITECTURE” ?
Resistance appears to be down to years of IT based Enterprise Architects using the term to describe something that business manager haven’t been able to understand, or for in which they had little or no interest.
It would appear the problem with traditional Enterprise Architecture, which have been driven by IT technicians, is, whilst it deals with a reduction in complexity for the technician; it appears to fall short of presenting a simplistic picture for the none-technical person to understand.
Is it necessary to have a Transformation Implementation Project in place?
If a business transformation project has been identified as required or is being considered, the Arcibus program can form the ideal design stage in addition to preparing the organization for future change.
Arcibus initial stages are involved in determining what the business is trying to achieve and, particularly, why it cannot achieve that improvement without change. This process can often provide the structured thinking into what the transformation/s implementation may constitute.
The middle stages of Arcibus involve determining the level of transformation that can be achieved by the business. The program then moves on to determine what that transformation can look like.
The final two stages involve designing the Target Operating Models including all the transformed Value Streams.
How and when the transformed Value Streams are implemented, can be subject to particular internal considerations.
Therefore, how much of the designed change is necessary, and when it is likely to be implemented, is dependent upon business wider consideration and the subsequent associated decisions.
For information on what longer term benefits Arcibus can provide visit Business Benefits and the Arcibus Home Page