SOA is perceived as a best-practices approach for building software systems and hence does not involve the business in its design. In this scenario the burden falls on IT to demonstrate the value on SOA and how it aligns to business strategy. The only way to achieve this alignment is through a...read more
I agree with Dennis that Tom's assertion, "SOA is perceived..." is interesting because the perspective is outside of my experience. The way that I look at this stuff, Services Oriented Architecture...read more
Improving processes yields changes not only to the process but to people's jobs and to the organization's structure. It causes disruptions to existing methods. Is there a best practice for introducing change? Are there pitfalls to avoid? What are the most difficult challenges to overcome? Who...read more
The Jan. 2010 bulletin has an upcoming article that I wrote titled "What's up with the business architecture tool vendors?" In this article, I have outlined the current state of BA tooling and what steps vendors should take this year in order to provide more useful tooling to the business...read more
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There are, however, best practices that vendors can draw from. Most tools have too many artifacts for the business architect, due to their enterprise architecture roots. However, using the work done...read more
I am starting this thread as a follow up to Greg Suddreth's presentation on Capbability model at Brainstorm New York. I really enjoyed this presentation and would like to learn more about it. I...read more
A recent message on one of the linkedin group discussion led to a healthy discussion about the use of Agile in Business Rule projects. Our own experience is that the Decision Model approach to business rules leads to opportunities for Agile development. It allows modeling just ahead of development...read more
Are there two basic models for establishing a COE - one focused on ensuring that the business policy toward process improvement is followed, and one focused on ensuring that the process discipline and technology is consistently used and deployed? Does a company eventually need both? Where should...read more
Steve makes several good points. I'm going to try and add a bit by looking at the narrower variable that is scale (size of the business). In the Fortune 50 -world, there's a lot to be said for...read more
Many orgnizations now have business architecture teams or centers of excellence. How are you organized?
Do you have a single team or multiple teams?
If you have multiple teams, how do they collaborate?
Is your team under the IT organization or under business (non-IT) ownership?
Let us know...read more
The following definition of business architecture is posted to the Business Architecture Institute.org (BAI) homepage, OMG Business Architecture Working Group homepage (http://bawg.omg.org) and even on Wikipedia (but don't hold that against it).
"A blueprint of the enterprise that provides a...read more
Going through the entire discussion, there is too much word smithing, metaphor usage which is simply confusing for any business executive. What is the definition of Business architecture in plain 30...read more
Business Architecture is a new discipline without a track record and a strong voice (think Michael Porter or Grady Booch). Consequently, its reputation will be built on the successes of projects...read more
Should business decisions be defined only in the context of business processes? Is there an approach to business decision management that results in business processes that run faster and produce higher quality outputs?read more
As we know the business processes we automate can have different characteristics: User centric, system centric, case management, ad-hoc, and also rules based. Just like writing code, process maps...read more