Business Architecture in Practice

This four-day course brings to life the lead selling books on Business Architecture "Business Architecture: A Practical Guide" in an informative, energetic and pragmatic way.  It doesn't try to reinvent the idea of business architecture or introduce new notations but instead it takes tried and tested methods, techniques, tools and the wealth of experience from practitioners from many fields and presents this myriad of information in an informative and practical way.

The course doesn't sell itself as perfection, very little things are.  It attempts to show how business can be woven into the very fabric of an organisation and that it should be discipline executed in isolation of other parts of the organisation.

At the end of this course you should be able to

  • define what is business architecture
  • identify the relationship between business architecture and its stakeholders and the disciplines related to it
  • identify the levels within the organisation at which business architecture can be applied and the types or deliverables at those levels
  • specify the core components (building blocks) of business architecture
  • highlight the practical aspects of establishing a credible business architecture practice, including the critical success factors and the competencies required of a business architect
  • identify the resources (materials tools and methods) that exist to, inform, enrich and enable the business architecture capability.


Course code:BUSARCH-04
Duration:4 days
List Price:£2250
Pre-requisites:This course is open to a wide community of IT specialist including Business analysts, Designers, Architects, Project managers, System integrators, Business analysts, Program and project managers, and other business and technical specialists engaged in the development of enterprise architectures.
Who should attendThis course is open to anyone, but it welcomes those particularly involved in investment and change within their organisation, those who recognise that there is a link between investment decisions and business architecture, those involved in the innovation of new products, services or business propositions, if you need a greater appreciation of business architecture, practising architects and you want to evolve your own architecture and practices, is part of architecture practice that is struggling to gain traction and/or is looking to gain improvements, or is curious about business and you would like to embark on a career in business architecture.
Delegates will learn:The rationale for business architecture, integrating business architecture into your organisation, the process of business architecture, describing business architecture, architecture building blocks, practising business architecture and, architecture resources.
Customization:This course is suitable for customization.
Case Study:This course is supplemented with a case study.

Topics Covered

Today's Dynamics

Understand the macro issues driving the emergence of Business Architecture

Managing Complexity

Gain an understanding of the challenges of complexity besetting organizations, and introduce how Business Architecture can help

Architecture Stakeholders

To appreciate who business architects should engage with to be effective

Architecture Life Cycles

To understand the different ways to engage with the business.  This includes both the places in which business architects should engage, and timing of engagement.

Business Architecture Development

Introduce core approaches to Business Architecture Development

Business Design Principles

To present and discuss the use of principles in business architecture and design and to provide examples to illustrate and discuss

Business Environment

In this unit, we will study the various approaches to environmental analysis – an important input to the creation and continuous evolution of an organisation’s architecture

Architecture Governance

Provide an overview and introduction to processes required to enable architecture governance

Architecture Levels

Introduce how Business Architecture is developed at different levels and the circumstances they are used

Business Architecture Outputs

To provide examples and illustrations of the different language in the marketplace

The Elements of Business Architecture

To present the different kinds of foundational element that may be used to describe a Business Architecture and to gain appreciation of why we model and document

Business Views of the Organisation

In this unit you will gain an understanding of the different ways in which to represent business architecture

Business Capabilities

Understand the nature of business capabilities and equip you with the ability to model capabilities

Operating Models

Walk through the contents and construction of a target operating model

Business Process and Methods

To present when and how to approach business process modelling in the context of a Business Architecture and provide the means to establish a consistent business process modelling and documentation style

Overcoming the Barriers to Business Architecture

Walk through the DOs and DONTs of architecture practice and to ensure that as architecture practitioners, a focussed is maintained on the needs of the customer and the delivery of value

The Business Architect

What sort of person becomes or is a Business Architect? In this unit we walkthrough different aspects of the business architect role

Establishing a Business Architecture Practice

To outline the activities that are necessary to operate a sustainable architecture practice

Architecture Frameworks

To ensure delegates understand what architecture frameworks are and how best to use them

Reference Models

To ensure delegates understand what reference models are and how best to use them and to provide a list of leading reference models

Architecture Tools, Meta-models and Standards

To provide a grounding in the issues surrounding tooling to support the core activities of a business architecture practice