Most companies start out their business architecture journey without a business architecture model, which is clearly a mistake.
Capstera business architecture model is a simple and yet effective way to gain a holistic perspective of what business architecture means and how it manifests. The goal of the business architecture model is not to overwhelm, but help chart out the course and also determine which components and elements are important to the enterprise business architecture journey. A team of business architects, enterprise architects, and data architects are the primary consumers of a business architecture model.
A business model (or a business model canvas) is not a business architecture model. A business model deals with how a company survives and thrives with details of customer segments, products, value proposition, revenue streams, and the like. A business architecture model concerns itself with providing a conceptual model of how business architecture components come together to provide a cohesive and coherent view of an enterprise. Each model is important and complementary but not the same.
Now, let’s examine each of the areas and the underlying elements that constitute these top-level constructs in the business architecture model.
The strategic context provides the business motivation and the rationale for the enterprise.
Business context or enterprise context is various types of information that is an input as well as a mapping element or an overlay to the other elements to understand the footprint, overlap, and relationship at a granular context.
Business capabilities are the definition of “What business does!” and it is the glue that binds the various aspects of the enterprise by abstracting the underlying form, function, and flow.
Please read more about various aspects of how to create, manage, and harness capabilities in the following insights and products:
Value Streams are end-to-end flows of delivering value to a stakeholder. If capabilities capture the “What,” the value streams and related elements capture the “How.”
The following are some of the essential elements of a value stream. What and how many different processes may be appropriate is entirely dependent on the situation and the specific use case.
Data context provides the information overlay for the business architecture. The traditional data and information architecture are allied disciplines and are complementary to what is necessary for the context of business architecture. Most of the time data architects collaborate with business and enterprise architects to model the following information.
Technology context is the information technology foundational elements which power the various capabilities and realize the value streams. The following are just a few samples and enterprise business, enterprise, and technical architects will need to determine what minimal information is necessary to achieve the desired results.
A well-thought-out business architecture model provides a bird’s eye view of how the enterprise modeling comes together and what components, elements, and entities are an integral part of the business architecture journey.
Of course, one can add or modify a specific component or an element or an entity, but without a perspective of what is the scope and depth of the business architecture endeavor, the teams will be lost and not able to achieve the initial objectives.
Capstera business architecture software can support the business architecture model. It is not necessary to boil the ocean and instead start with a few core components and entities and make progress along the way.
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