Business architecture has to accommodate the fact that all organizations operate simultaneously as open systems which keep evolving.
Building an evolving digital organization is to advocate the concept of “business as a whole is superior to the sum of pieces.”
Business Architecture enables contextual understanding of the business and deals with the variety of complexity, know how to tap various resources and be inclusive and recognize merit to run a high-performance organization holistically.
Architecture practice seeks to inform the purposeful elements of an enterprise’s evolution: Rapid growth of information, IT consumerism, and many other factors are creating new challenges and opportunities for enterprises. They are also affecting business capabilities in many ways.
Business Architecture can impact business model evolution, and business alignment. It tends to focus on the use of verifiable data about the capabilities of both the enterprise itself and influencers in the ecosystem in which the enterprise operates; build the capability to transform the manual process and the business requirement to process design and process governance so that the organization’s mission, vision, and goal can be realized, harness business model innovation, and orchestra enterprise evolution.
Architecture seeks to reduce complexity through abstraction and separation of concerns: Enterprises are inherently and intensely complex, diverse, and ambiguous with unpredictable outcomes. In the corporate scope, there are structure complexity, information complexity, collaboration complexity, governance complexity, or environmental complexity, etc. Business Architecture is a useful tool to look through a variety of complexity from a business impact perspective and from a solution perspective, in order to untangle it systematically.
Effective architecture analyzes what the impact of complexity is on a business system, look for the impact of removing some of the complexity by simplification, in search of simpler concepts and methods; optimizing varying business costs such as operational cost, financials, technical incoherence, and building a road map for managing complexities in a structural way.
Architecture seeks to aid the improvement of an organization by assisting in reconciling the varying dimensions: Business Architecture is a structure of its information and processes across the enterprise and within various silos, providing an enterprise-wide view of various relationships, facilitating communication, and orchestrating changes. The key skills of the business architects are to analyze the business and design changes to make it operate better.
The benefits of using Business Architecture in business improvement initiatives include things such as portfolio rationalization, gap identification, or risks mitigation, etc. A business architecture-led perspective helps to look at the problem domain holistically, to make business improvements that can significantly impact business success.
As the business ecosystem becomes hyper-connected, over-complex and interdependent, business architecture has to accommodate the fact that all organizations operate simultaneously as open systems which keep evolving. Forethoughtful organizations leverage enterprise architecture as an effective tool to focus on communication, transparency, and acts of integrity on the part of management in creating organizational synergy, improving organizational agility and resilience.