Who should use a Business Architecture Tool?

The simple answer is pretty much everyone involved in strategy to execution, including IT enablement. In specific who should use a business architecture tool and how/when depends on the maturity of the business architecture discipline, and the solidity of the underlying components and the structural validity of the mappings. Below is a quick note on who should use business architecture software, and when and how to use it. Please contact Capstera Business Architecture Consulting for additional information and services.

  • Business Architects
    • Define Capabilities and related components
    • Assist in business and IT enablement
    • Map Capabilities to other entities, such as Strategy and Applications
  • Business Analysts
    • Align requirements to capabilities
    • Focus on holistic business architecture elements of capabilities, value streams, processes, data and roles to enrich requirements
  • Enterprise Architect
    • Influence and contribute to business architecture
    • Leverage business architecture as an integral part of enterprise architecture
    • Lead Capability governance and maturity
  • IT Executives
    • Define the mission and vision for business architecture
    • Foster business architecture across the enterprise
    • Participate in governance
  • Product Managers
    • Use the Capabilities as building blocks to compose products and services
    • Anchor product roadmaps to capabilities as the underlying foundation
  • Corporate Strategists
    • Identify gaps in corporate portfolio through capability analysis
    • Manage merger synergy using capability maturity as a key metric.
  • Project Managers
    • Manage projects as evolution of capabilities
    • Focus on defining at a capability level and optimizing at a value stream level
  • Solution Architects
    • Leverage Capabilities to define business services and corresponding IT Services
    • Focus on holistic capability development, rather than just IT project delivery