What is Business Architecture?

Below is an extract from Wikipedia and based on the definition formulated by the Business Architecture Working Group of the Object Management Group (OMG) (2010)

It describes Business Architecture as “a blueprint of the enterprise that provides a common understanding of the organization and is used to align strategic objectives and tactical demands.” According to the Open Management Group, a blueprint  describes “the structure of the enterprise in terms of its governance structure, business processes, and business information.”

As such, the profession of business architecture primarily focuses on the motivational, operational, and analysis frameworks that link these aspects of the enterprise together.

The key characteristic of business architecture is that it represents real world aspects of a business, along with how these aspects interact. It is focused on defining and analysing what a business does, how it does it, how it is organized, and how it realizes value.

It is used to design competitive structures and processes, leverage existing strengths, and identify potential investment opportunities that advance the business’s objectives and drive innovation. Products of this business architecture efforts are used to develop plans, make business decisions and guide their implementations.

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