miércoles, 28 de mayo de 2014

How strategic planning relates to Enterprise Architecture


Business Motivation Models




IASA -- Roles -- Documents


IASA Global Blog


Business Architecture Quick Start


Business architecture is not just one more approach or technique; it is a shift in philosophy. In organizations where business architecture is embraced, the role of strategic visioning, issue analysis and transformation planning is shifted to the business. When the business takes ownership of the business vocabulary and accompanying views, the organization can break free of the silo-oriented shackles that curtail strategic planning, visioning, and funding, and obstruct initiative deployment.

Business Architecture Benefits

Business architecture allows business professionals to drive key initiatives based on a rich, comprehensive understanding of the business environment. And just as important, business architecture provides IT with a unique and powerful collaboration opportunity that does not exist without it. Building a business architecture for your organization will:

  • Deliver transparency and clarity to enable issue analysis and resolution

  • Provide business professionals with a common vocabulary that can be used to perform root cause analysis, establish priorities and articulate requirements to a wide variety of stakeholders

  • Provide a holistic view of the business - one that extends into outsourcing, customer and other related stakeholder domains

  • Make it possible for the business to take ownership of and drive transformation strategies from a business (not technology) perspective

  • Enable laser-like investment focus on essential business capabilities, information requirements and value streams

Building Your Business Architecture

The steps to building a business architecture are clear:

  • Establish goals, team and governance

  • Define, socialize and refine capability map

  • Define priority value streams

  • Define information asset definitions

  • Create organization, capability, information and value stream mapping

  • Align and leverage business architecture within priority business initiatives

Rolling out this roadmap, however, is not easy to do without independent support. Cutter Consortium provides just that. Cutter's team of experts has developed and proven the Business Architecture Quick Start approach to assisting companies build their business architecture.

Cutter's Delivery Approach

The journey towards building the business architecture is as important as the destination. The true value of business architecture is only achieved when a company owns and builds the business architecture itself; therefore, the business architecture building exercise is done by your organization and not by Cutter. Cutter's role is to mentor, advise and facilitate your business architecture efforts. By taking ownership of the effort, your organization will more readily embrace the business architecture philosophy and use the resultant "living blueprint" to deliver value by enabling a wide range of cross-functional, cross-disciplinary business initiatives. Cutter's Business Architecture Quick Start team will:

  • Provide you with clear direction through a 2-day Kickoff Workshop and working session

  • Mentor a 2-4 week intensive Roadmap drafting exercise

  • Mentor and provide advisory services for 8-12 weeks to move the business architecture forward

Plus, Cutter will help your team deliver:

  • A foundational capability map for the business

  • A view of core business Value Streams

  • Definitions for key information assets tied to core/customer-facing capabilities

  • An organization mapping approach

  • Initial samples of a business visioning exercise using the business architecture

  • Suggested steps for mapping business architecture to IT architecture

  • Approach for developing a business-driven transformation roadmap

Business architecture enables organizations to deliver a wide range of tactical and strategic business scenarios. Cutter's Business Architecture Quick Start engagement gives you the support you need to take advantage of the opportunity. To schedule your Quick Start, or for more information, contact your Cutter Consortium Account Executive by phone at +1 781 648 8700 or email sales@cutter.com.

martes, 27 de mayo de 2014

10 Ways to Support Your Business Strategy and Get Recognized


Architecture & Governance


Centro de arquitectura de AWS





The Role of Solution Architect



Table 1 -- Comparison of Solution and Enterprise Architects

Solution Architecture
Enterprise Architecture

Single solution or set of related solutions
All current and future solutions and COTS

Primary Goals
Ensure that the solution fits within the enterprise context
Define the enterprise context including business, information, application, and technology

Translates nonfunctional and functional requirements into design, within enterprise context
Translates strategies into target architectures and roadmaps

Enterprise strategy and goals vs. solution tactical and delivery requirements
Prioritization and rationalization of conflicting business, information, and technology requirements

Primary Artifacts
Solutions architectures and designs
Enterprise reference architectures, patterns and standards

Primary Stakeholders
Solutions owners, EA, development team, technology
Executive leadership, business leaders, CIO, solutions

Credibility with solutions teams and owners
Broad knowledge and experience, vision

Conceptualization, patterns, modeling, design, communications
Contextualization, conceptualization, abstraction, modeling, communications

Reporting Structure
Assigned to and functions as part of solution team; may report to solution owner or line of business, development, or EA
Reports to EA team, typically part of CIO organization

The Architecture Value Proposition


domingo, 25 de mayo de 2014

The Enterprise Architecture Capability Model (EACM) -


IFEAD's New Sections on Services Orientation


What is the difference between a value stream and capability mapping when planning a business transformation?


I.T. Knowledge


in Spanish

SKMS y su alcance en el Ciclo de Vida del Servicio


Socially Developed Architecture


Problem Solving - Root Cause Analysis using Kepner Tregoe


miércoles, 21 de mayo de 2014

Positioning Enterprise Canvas in enterprise-architecture work






  • Biz. Motivation: use Nick Malik‘s  Enterprise Business Motivation Model (EBMM)
  • Biz. Models: use Alex Osterwalder’s Business Model Canvas (BMC)
  • Value Discipline Orientation: use the three orientations (‘Operational-excellence’, ‘Product-leadership’ and ‘Customer-intimacy’) to select an emphasis and orientation in a respective service to be modelled in Enterprise Canvas – typically:
    • ‘Operational-excellence’: emphasis on combination of supplier-facing (left-side) and self (centre) in Enterprise Canvas
    • ‘Product-leadership’: emphasis on self (centre) in Enterprise Canvas
    • ‘Customer-intimacy’: emphasis on customer-facing (‘right-side) in Enterprise Canvas
  • Capabilities: model as services in Enterprise Canvas, perhaps using a translation via Archimate, such as described in the post ‘From business-model to enterprise-architecture‘, or more briefly in the post ‘Business Model Canvas to Archimate (the short version)
  • People, Process + Technology: translate downward from Enterprise Canvas into UML,BPMN or other notations, as required

lunes, 19 de mayo de 2014

TOGAF – a lingua franca for Enterprise Architecture?


Sparx - TOGAF and Enterprise Architect tool


EA and Soop.it


Core Competences of Architects


How to document the EA and the "data compilation" approach


Microsoft Architecture Resources






An Example of an Enterprise Architecture Framework




lunes, 12 de mayo de 2014

Pivoting Through Capability Maps


The Oil & Gas User Group





Oh No! We need another Practice Framework?


7 Common Mistakes Enterprise Architects Make



Pivoting Through Capability Maps


Business Models are not strategies



Forget the Strategy PowerPoint



Enterprise Management 360


Business Process Incubator


The business architect role and the enterprise architecture of tommorrow


viernes, 9 de mayo de 2014

50 Competitive Intelligence Analysis Techniques




Ontology Vs Methodology


Using BA to Enable Customer Experience and value strategis


TOGAF Repository


Classification of Business Transformations


On reference architectures


Enterprise architecture as a capability

Enterprise architecture as a capability


martes, 6 de mayo de 2014

Aris GRC 9.6

questions to:


The Key to Aligning IT Capabilities with Business Needs




Table showing relationship between technology-centric architecture and business-centric architecture


Diagram showing how companies apply the three disciplines

Enterprise as a System Of Processes


If We Want World Change, then We Need to Overcome Systemic Change Resistance


Wanted: A New Business Architecture Framework




jueves, 1 de mayo de 2014

Solution and Business Architecture – The Way Ahead


Building a Capability-Driven IT Organization


IT is vital to business transformation and growthElements of today's rapidly evolving technology and IT delivery priorities



IT organization strategies should cover four key components



The IT capability catalog establishes a common language and framework for the business

Core IT capabilities are evaluated by value delivered to the business

CIOs help build new IT capability maturity model


Capability is more powerful than process

Capability is more powerful than process




BA Jobs


Strategy & Roadmap Specialist / Business Architect Lead

Our client has a direct Hire position open for a Strategy & Roadmap Specialist / Business Architect Lead.

Excellent Relocation and Benefits on the offer.

The Strategy & Roadmap / Business Architect Lead role is directly responsible for future state planning and overall business architecture.

Architects are responsible for: (1) Understanding the holistic view of the environment and their dependencies. (2) Future State Planning (3) Research & Development (4) Architecture Principles (5) Technology Standards (6) Architecture Governance.


The Strategy & Roadmap / Business Architect Lead role is responsible for establishing and leading the approach (templates, processes, etc.) for creation of technology strategies and roadmaps at Company.  Additionally, this role is responsible for leading a team of matrix aligned Business Architect resources to establish and maintain a cohesive business architecture for Company.

Manage Enterprise Architecture Roadmap Process

Ensure each Roadmap has the appropriate targets and they are validated against business objectives for that area

Provide the transparency and visibility of progress of roadmaps based on the objectives

Coordinating and ensure annual working sessions take place for each roadmap to add, change or remove initiatives

Work closely with other EA resources to prioritize initiatives and determine the placement in the roadmap

Facilitate assessments that can be requested on any architecture discipline, Information Systems, Information Technology, Data, and Solution.

Please email your resume to: peter@enterprise-logic.com

Able to advocate the importance/ benefits of EA roadmap implementation to all levels of the organization. Present the results of the initiative implementations on a periodic basis.

This role will work closely with Business Partners and IT Senior Managers to understand business and technical changes that may affect the roadmap

Experience in leadership role developing IT corporate strategies

Well versed in enterprise architecture/IT Strategies

Possess strong business acumen and aptitude to understand the key business drivers and financial knowledge to development return on investment models.

This role is the primary liaison between the EA Team to the PMO

Lead a team of matrix aligned Business Architects, compiling their line-of-business architectures into an overall cohesive business architecture for Company 

Analyze enterprise business context (trends and business strategy), as well as change requirements in other enterprise architecture (EA) viewpoints, to derive the future state. This includes defining the requirements, and models that guide technology decisions for the enterprise.

Define high-level migration plans to address the gaps between the current and future state.

Assist with designing the governance activities associated with ensuring compliance.

Define metrics to measure and demonstrate value.

Understand and advocate EA principles and be prepared to "sell" the EA process, its outcome and ongoing results.

Strong relationship building skills to effectively work in all areas of the business to successfully perform the required duties

Lead enterprise level technology adoption resulting in the successful development and implementation of technology roadmaps for large, enterprise-wide technology transformation initiatives.

This role will report directly to the EA Director.


Works with substantial latitude and is often involved in matters which have a major bearing on the Company’s business. 

Often handles multiple assignments concurrently, leveraging experience and advanced skill in handling complex assignments with no supervision necessary. 

Develops and maintains credibility and effective working relationships with both Business Partner management and IT personnel in a way that demonstrates an understanding of business problems, IT strategies, issues, and priorities. 

Participates in development and implementation of strategies to meet organizational goals, ensuring that client and BTS priorities are aligned and accomplished. 

Examples of knowledge areas include...

          Architecture Assessment Approach

         The Enterprise Architecture Roadmap Process and Toolkit

         Business Risk Management

         Risk/Return Analysis

         Information Security Management

         IT Risk Assessment

         IT Risk Management

         IT Security Management

         IT Standards, Procedures, and Policies Formulation

This role will collaborate with other EA team members, project teams and staff in various IT functional areas as needed to fulfill the responsibilities described above.


Requires a bachelor's degree preferably in an Information Technology field and typically has 15 or more years applicable exempt working experience with at least 5 at the BTS Tech Sr Lead/Spec I/II level or the equivalent.

Excellent interpersonal skills in areas such as teamwork, facilitation and negotiation

Strong leadership skills

Excellent analytical and technical skills

Strong written and verbal communication skills

Excellent planning and organizational skills

Ability to understand the long-term ("big picture") and short-term perspectives of situations

Ability to apply multiple technical solutions to business problems

Ability to quickly comprehend the functions and capabilities of new technologies

Ability to think strategically and implement iteratively 

Ability to lead cross functional teams in a collaborative way

Knowledge of information principles and processes

Basic knowledge of financial models and budgeting

Ability to estimate the financial impact of information system alternatives

Understanding of the political climate of the enterprise, and how to respond to political challenges

This role will be filled at the job level appropriate based on the candidate selected .

It is preferred this role is based out of Jackson, Michigan, but other metro Detroit locations may be available based on the candidate selected.

Please email your resume to : peter@enterprise-logic.com