Business architecture is a sub-domain of enterprise architecture. As modern businesses evolve into complex structures, there is a need to simplify such complexity to identify opportunities and smooth functioning. Business architecture aligns the business model with its operation and execution. It integrates all the departments of a business with its strategies that allow a business to deliver expected results effectively. Business architecture is a new discipline and has massive potential in business development.
Enterprise architecture tools provide insight into the business and information technology landscape. One such enterprise architecture tool is BlueDolphin – a SaaS platform based on ArchiMate® – which offers a wide range of modeling techniques that enables planning, control over business transformation, insight into IT framework, and monitoring of implementation with effective collaboration.
The benefits of Business Architecture
Change is the new constant. The primary benefit of business architecture is to promote change. As mentioned already, businesses overtime with mergers and acquisitions and other developments evolve into complex enterprises that can become an impediment in innovation and change. Such complexity needs to be resolved for positive change. The need to change in businesses has never been more important than it is today, and business architecture advances these necessary changes in the right direction for the company.
Strategy and Execution
In a business company, there are several departments. Every department must work together. Older management systems based on business silos produced several issues that affected the workings of the company within; it influenced the effectiveness of the machinery. Business architecture prioritizes important actions in a top-down direction that facilitates productivity. It assesses and analyses from a business perspective integrate initiatives in the most effective way possible across departments. It not only fixes priorities according to the perspective of the enterprise but also aligns the business in such a way that it delivers expected results.
Streamline Complex Structures
As mentioned numerous times already, business architecture expedites the simplification of complex business structures. Rather than following the inside-out assessment, it takes an outside-in focus to streamline the ever-evolving complexity. Simplification of any complicated structure is the first step in understanding the whole picture of an object – in this case, a business – and helps in the identification of opportunities that can further positive changes by effectively linking the business model with the operating model. Furthermore, it also reveals areas that are risky and need fixes.
Create common language and visibility
One of the key issues with older management systems based on business silos is the divide that is created between different departments. In today’s world where competition is cutthroat, where customer preference change overnight, where new political initiatives affect business strategies, and the constant changes in the business landscape brought by innovation in technology call for a unified front in adapting to these changes. Business architecture eases such transformation by creating a shared language that can communicate information effectively across departments. It sets up a mental model that troubleshoots problems effectively and consequently increases visibility.