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Business Architecture: A Practical Guide
Ashgate Publishing, August 2012, Pages: 304
Organizations today exist in an environment of unprecedented change. They do so against a backdrop of a global, competitive marketplace, the fast-paced enablement of technology, amplified regulation and accelerating organizational complexity. Many organizations are addressing change in a sub-optimal way and they are operating without a clear view of where their operational risks lie. It is these dynamics that are leading organizations to recognise and embrace Business Architecture.
Despite this environment, Business Architecture can be a difficult ‘sell’ - it is often perceived to be abstract and lacking in tangible delivery. To succeed, Business Architecture must be pragmatic and, to be sustainable, it must focus on achieving long-term value and, at the same time, recognise the shorter-term tactical needs of the organisation.
With these challenges in mind, this book provides a practical guide on how to employ Business Architecture and how to build a balanced proposition that delivers value to a broad range of stakeholders. As the book states, Business Architecture should not be practised in isolation, nor should it be thought of as a one-off process; it needs to be woven into the fabric of the organization. And so the authors illustrate the opportunities for weaving the Business Architecture Practice into this fabric through the various stakeholders and life cycles that exist, both formally and informally, within an organization.
Whilst recognizing best practice, this book explores a new, inspirational level of Business Architecture whilst acknowledging that the best way to realize the vision is one step at a time.
Part I The Rationale for Business Architecture: Recognizing today's business dynamics
- Positioning for change
- Managing complexity
- Delivering value.
Part II Integrating Business Architecture into the Organization: Architecture stakeholders
- Life cycles.
Part III Describing Business Architecture: Architecture levels
- Business architecture outputs.
Part IV Architecture Building Blocks: The elements of a business architecture
- Building views of the organization.
Part V Practising Business Architecture: Overcoming the barriers to business architecture
- The business architect
- Establishing business architecture as a practice.
Part VI Architecture Resources: Architecture frameworks
- Reference models and architecture patterns
- Architecture tools, meta models and standards
- The future of business architecture
- Glossary Index.
Graham Meaden has been a practising Enterprise Architect, as a consultant and member of staff, in the Banking, Insurance, Government, Transportation and Energy industry sectors. In recent years he has focussed on Business Architecture and setting up architecture practices. Most recently, as part of heading up the global Strategic Architecture and Business Architecture teams for HSBC Group, he defined the standards for the bank's global BPM centre of excellence.
Jonathan Whelan is a Business Architect who has over 25 years' experience in a variety of roles within leading organizations. A broad spectrum of businesses has benefited from his observations and a number of his insights have led to significant programmes of work. Jonathan is also the author of several published books and has contributed to professional, trade and press publications. As well as having considerable practical experience, Jonathan is a Chartered Engineer and a Fellow of the British Computer Society.
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