Build and Leverage Your Business Architecture

Add visibility into your enterprise for better decision-making by building a business architecture and applying more strategic business analysis techniques.

Registration Fee: $995.00 per person

Team Registration Fee (3 or more attendees): $845.00 per person

Available Formats
On Site at Your Location - 3 Days
Virtual Classroom - 4 Sessions @ 4 hours per session
Get a quote for on site or virtual classroom training. 
This workshop offers a breadth of topics covering enterprise-wide analysis at the strategic level while drilling down to the tactical use of a business architecture. Enterprise analysis is about identifying needs and opportunities and justifying the investment of recommended solutions at the strategic level.  Business capabilities of the enterprise need to be assessed to understand the change that will be needed while ensuring that the change is possible to achieve.  The business architecture decreases costs of business analysis activities for initiatives at both the enterprise analysis strategic level and at the project tactical level through the use of its components.  The business architecture also assures alignment of technology to business valued processes and improves business decision making by having visibility into business assets. 
The business architecture has many components and artifacts and they may not all be applicable to every enterprise.  The techniques and tools that you apply in the workshop can be tailored to your specific company’s environment.  The key is to gain a “good enough” understanding in this workshop so that you can communicate the benefits of relevant business architecture components and artifacts and know which will provide the biggest business value.
Learning Objectives
Participants will learn how to: 
  • Identify problems and opportunities during enterprise analysis using the business architecture
  • Build an inventory of existing artifacts
  • Use techniques and tools to build business architecture components and artifacts
  • Map business architecture components that meet the needs of your enterprise
  • Address business concerns by leveraging stakeholder views 
  • Define scope of initiatives and develop heat maps through the use of business architectural components 
  • Leverage all enterprise architectural models to bridge business and technology 
  • Communicate with other architects who support other enterprise architectures
  • Communicate the business architecture to both strategic and tactical users 
Who Should Attend
  • Enterprise, business and technical architects who have the responsibility to build and maintain architectures and need the ability to communicate opportunities and risks
  • Business analysts who want to move into a more strategic role or who participate in pre-project enterprise-wide initiatives or cross-functional projects.
  • Functional and project managers who want to know more about business architectures and how to leverage them.
  • Product and process owners who manage the enterprise’s products and product lifecycles and want to better understand how business and technology must work together to support those products. 
Virtual Classroom Schedule
Virtual classroom sessions are conducted as follows:
1:00 pm to 5:00 pm DAILY, Eastern Time (New York)
Virtual sessions are delivered using Cisco Webex Meeting Center. When you join the online meeting using the link provided in a confirmation email, you will be asked to either phone a US toll number or connect using a computer head set. If you phone in to the audio conference using the toll number provided, long distance toll charges will apply. If you connect using a computer head set with microphone (VOIP), no toll charges will apply. 
1. Business Architecture Organizational Maturity and Roles
Organizational and individual expectations will be set for the workshop.  The roles and competencies relevant to the business architecture activities will be discussed.  Is your organization ready to support the effort?
  • What to expect
  • Enterprise support
  • Business Architecture Maturity Levels
  • Business Architecture Capabilities
  • Business Analyst and Architect Synergy
  • What Do Architects Do
  • More Advanced Competencies
  • Activity: Competency Assessment
2. Business Architecture Key Concepts
The value proposition for building a business architecture and industry best practices will be introduced.  This information can also be used to sell the business architecture concept to the enterprise.
  • The Shift: Strategic to Tactical
  • Part of the Enterprise Architecture
  • Benefits of Aligning Architectures
  • What is Business Architecture
  • Capture the Knowledge in Blueprints
  • Build Relationship Maps for Decision Making
  • Outcome Driven Business Architecture
  • Why Have a Business Architecture?
3. Bodies of Knowledge and Frameworks
There are many frameworks that exist that can provide guidance for building the business architecture.  But what is out there, what are the benefits and challenges of each and how do I know which combination is right for me?  We will provide you with guidance to help you make that decision.
  • Frameworks Overview
  • Zachman Framework
  • TOGAF®
  • FEA
  • BABOK®
  • Relevant Bodies of Knowledge (e.g. BIZBOK®)
  • Activity: Which Framework to Apply
4. Common Architectural Building Blocks
There are some common elements to business architectures regardless of the framework that should be considered.  We will step through those elements or building blocks.
  • Architecture Requirements
  • Architecture Boundaries
  • Applying the Context Diagram and Solution Views
  • Architecture Structure
  • Which Components, Relationships and Views
  • Modeling Hints and Tips
  • Notations and Modeling Languages
  • Activities: Stakeholder Views, Building Blocks Reality Check, Name Two Quiz
5. Set the Stage: Understand the Business

Understanding the business is critical to the business architecture’s success.  This needed business information can be presented in different ways.  We will look at a few of the most common ways this information is or can be captured and used to build your business architecture.

  • Needed Inputs to the Business Architecture
  • Business Model Canvas and Benefits of Asking Business Model Questions
  • Strategy and Benefits of Asking Strategy Questions
  • Balanced Scorecard
  • Business Operating Model
  • Identifying Business Scenarios
  • Assess Maturity and Capabilities
  • Activities: Applying Business Model & Business Operating Model, Quiz

6. Create a Roadmap

There is a general approach to creating a business architecture that we will logically step through, but many elements should still be considered to tailor the approach.  We will look at both so you can develop your own roadmap to success. 

  • Architecture Development
  • Define Boundaries and Analyze Stakeholders
  • Select Components, Frameworks and Notations
  • Identify Elicitation, Analysis Techniques and Tools
  • Why Approaches Vary
  • Create a Business Case
  • Present to Management 
  • Presenting Complex Content
  • Activities: Future State Model Agenda, Challenge Scenario, Prepare for Building

7. Build the Knowledgebase
The knowledgebase consists of visual models and maps necessary to address stakeholder concerns. There are several ways to build the knowledgebase for the business architecture.  You can build everything new in a top-down approach, build incrementally based on established priorities (e.g. by business unit, by initiative or by stakeholder concerns) or start with leveraging what you have and perform a gap analysis. In this module, we will address the content of the knowledgebase and techniques to build it.  
  • Leverage What You Have – Existing Assets
  • Adding More Models and Maps
  • Organizational Model
  • Functional Decomposition Model
  • Swim Lane and Value Streams
  • Business Capabilities and ServicesRelationship and Alignment Maps
  • Activities: List Business Capabilities, Which Maps, Pick One Quiz
8. Use the Business Architecture
How can you assure that the business architecture’s value continues?  By first communicating the value to the organization and then to assure a process is in place so it can not only be leveraged by stakeholders, but continually refined for future use.
  • Business Architecture Engagement Model
  • Sell to the Enterprise
  • Adoption Assessment and Organizational Acceptance
  • Get Others to Leverage the Business Architecture
  • Quickly Build Trust with Stakeholders
  • Be an Advisor, Find Opportunities
  • Connect to Tactical Projects
  • Reusing Organizational Assets
  • Activities: Reuse Examples, Lessons Learned