The SOA Consortium’s EA2010
Working Group – a group of “street-smart”
enterprise architecture practitioners – has
been actively discussing the domains,
services, practices and skills required for
a thriving, business relevant enterprise
architecture practice in the 2010s.
A critical finding of these
discussions is the emphasis of technology
concerns at the expense of business
understanding, and ultimately, true business
enablement, in most enterprise architecture
practices today. Successful enterprise
architecture practices in the 2010s must
give equal emphasis to technology and
business concerns. The means for this
re-balancing is the elevation, and in some
cases initial adoption, of business
Typically, the business
architecture practices and artifacts in
enterprise architecture frameworks focus on
business processes and business uses cases.
This is not surprising, since these
artifacts and practices are a prerequisite
to IT-based business solution delivery.
However, this is not sufficient.
To reap the benefits of
business architecture – business visibility
and agility – the business architecture must
reflect the entire business design, from the
point of view of business designers and
owners, rather than IT solution delivery.
This point of view begins with business
motivations, includes key business execution
elements – such as operating model,
capabilities, value chains, processes, and
organizational models – and transcends
information technology representations, such
as business services, rules, events and
While we strongly believe
that business architecture is a business
domain, the Chief Information Officer (CIO),
given his/her unique position to view
business plans, business processes,
information flows, and technology portfolios
across the organization, most often
champions business architecture
In this discussion-oriented
paper, the EA2010 group shares their
findings on the following questions:
What comprises business
What is the purpose?
How do you make business architecture
How does business architecture facilitate
business decision-making and change?
How do you keep business architecture
How does business architecture relate to BPM, SOA and IT solution delivery?
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