Bridge IT and the Business With Business Architecture

Use business architecture to gain a clear understanding of your business strategy and better align IT with the business.

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Your Challenge

  • You don’t know where or how to begin, or how to engage the right people, model the business, and drive the value of business architecture.
  • There is confusion around how to create effective blueprints that accurately model the right parts of the business.
  • Alternatively, you have drawn up great models, but are unable to put them into use.

Our Advice

Critical Insight

Successful execution of business strategy requires planning that:

  1. Accurately reflects organizational capabilities.
  2. Is traceable so all levels can understand how decisions are made.
  3. Makes efficient use of organizational resources.

In order to accomplish this, the business architect must engage stakeholders, model the business, and drive planning with business architecture.

Impact and Result

Engage your stakeholders.

  • Recognize the opportunity for architecture work, analyze the current and target states of your business strategy, and identify and engage the right stakeholders.

Model the business in the form of architectural blueprints.

  • Apply business architecture techniques such as strategy maps, value streams, and business capability maps to design usable and accurate blueprints of the business.

Drive business architecture forward to promote real value to the organization.

  • Assess your current projects to determine if you are investing in the right capabilities. Conduct business capability assessments to identify opportunities and to prioritize projects.

Contributors

  • Dr. Pallab Saha, Partner, Chief Enterprise Architect (Government) & Head of Wipro Academy of Enterprise Architecture
  • Sanjiv Purba, Partner at KPMG

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Start here – read the Executive Brief

Read our concise Executive Brief to find out why you should practice business architecture, review Info-Tech’s methodology, and understand the four ways we can support you in completing this project.

  1. Engage stakeholders

    Identify opportunities for business architecture work, identify project stakeholders, and effectively engage stakeholders.

  2. Model and standardize

    Analyze business objectives and design the target or transitionary state business architecture blueprints by applying techniques such as strategy mapping, value stream mapping, and business capability mapping.

  3. Drive adoption and compliance

    Determine the gaps between the baseline and target state descriptions by conducting business capability assessments, identifying options for resolution, and defining roadmap components.

Guided Implementation icon Guided Implementation

This guided implementation is a nine call advisory process.

    Guided Implementation #1 - Engage

  • Call #1: Introduce Info-Tech’s business architecture methodology.

  • Call #2: Develop a stakeholder engagement strategy.

  • Call #3: Review the stakeholder engagement strategy.

  • Guided Implementation #2 - Model

  • Call #1: Create a strategy map & define value streams.

  • Call #2: Model business capability maps.

  • Call #3: Map value streams to business capabilities.

  • Guided Implementation #3 - Drive

  • Call #1: Introduce Info-Tech's capability assessment framework.

  • Call #2: Create and assess application capability map.

  • Call #3: Analyze investments through initiative portfolio maps.

Onsite Workshop

Module 1: Opportunity Identification & Stakeholder Analysis

The Purpose

Identify the business architecture (BA) practice’s key stakeholders and come up with a plan to effectively engage them in business architecture endeavors.

Key Benefits Achieved

Effectively engaging with key stakeholders will help ensure that the further efforts of the business architecture practice, namely modelling and assessment, are done accurately. 

Activities: Outputs:
1.1 Introduction to Info-Tech’s business architecture methodology.
1.2 Identify the right opportunity for business architecture work.
1.3 Identify and conduct stakeholder analysis.
1.4 Develop a tailored stakeholder engagement strategy.
  • Stakeholder engagement strategy

Module 2: Strategy Map & Value Streams

The Purpose

Develop a connection between business strategy and the activities the organization undertakes to create and capture value.

Key Benefits Achieved

The key benefit of strategy mapping and creating value streams is the uncovering of potential opportunities for improvement in areas that are critical to the organization achieving its goals.

Activities: Outputs:
2.1 Create a strategy map to connect business goals to value streams and capabilities.
  • Strategy map
2.2 Identify and define value streams that support specific business goals.
  • Value stream definitions and maps

Module 3: Business Capability Modeling

The Purpose

Business capability modelling is done in order to form an accurate perspective of what the organization actually does to facilitate the creation of value.

Key Benefits Achieved

Modelling business capabilities produces a common language that facilitates discussions on how to execute on strategy. 

Activities: Outputs:
3.1 Decompose the organization into its capabilities using business capability maps.
  • Level-0 Business Capability Map
3.2 Connect value streams to business capabilities.
3.3 Identify areas for further assessment.
  • Level-1 capabilities for areas of interest

Module 4: Business Capability Assessment

The Purpose

The purpose of conducting a business capability assessment is to build an understanding of how well the organization’s value creation activities are being supported.

Key Benefits Achieved

The key benefit of conducting an assessment is the identification of an area or capability that requires improvement.

Activities: Outputs:
4.1 Introduction to Info-Tech’s capability assessment framework.
4.2 Mapping applications to business capabilities.
4.3 Create application capability assessment and heat map.
  • Application Capability Assessment & Heat Map
4.4 Prioritize business capabilities using Info-Tech’s prioritization framework.
  • Prioritized list of business capabilities

Module 5: Portfolio Analysis & Best Practices

The Purpose

  • The purpose of conducting a portfolio analysis is to make sure the organization is investing its resources in the right places.
  • The purpose of following best practices for business architecture is to maximize the value that BA provides.  

Key Benefits Achieved

The benefit of conducting a portfolio analysis is that it serves as a dashboard and communications tool that can be used to check on the status of critical capability improvement projects. 

Activities: Outputs:
5.1 Conduct investment analysis through an initiative portfolio map.
  • Initiative Portfolio Map
5.2 Review business architecture best practices.
5.3 Discuss next steps.
5.4 Present workshop final presentation.
  • Next steps and roadmap

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