Business Architecture Framework

Common Questions on Business Architecture Framework

In this article we simplify some of the frequently asked questions surrounding Business Architecture, Enterprise Architecture and the frameworks and methodologies used to define and structure both architectures.

EA Learning’s goal is to assist professionals in bridging the gap between strategy and execution by empowering them with the confidence and skills to drive transformative change. Among the skills we teach are best practice frameworks, methods and techniques in Enterprise Architecture and Business Architecture. Our Applied Business Architecture and TOGAF® Enterprise Architecture: Foundation & Practitioner courses offer a unique blend of foundational knowledge, practical evaluation, and active engagement with real-world experts.

What is Business Architecture?

Business Architecture defines the business strategy, governance, organisation and key business processes. People who develop and maintain business architecture are known as business architects. Business Architecture primarily focuses on the business motivations, business operations and business analysis frameworks and related networks that link these aspects of the enterprise together.

What is a Business Architecture Framework?

A Business Architecture Framework is a framework for structuring and understanding business, information, and technology patterns and how they work together to achieve strategic and tactical goals.

The goal of a Business Architecture Framework is to;

  • Connect strategy with operations and projects in strong meaningful ways
  • Create and understand business patterns, from chaos to order
  • Have common coherent perspective; preventing fragmentation

What is Enterprise Architecture?

An enterprise architecture (EA) is a conceptual blueprint that defines the structure and operation of an organisation. The intent of enterprise architecture is to determine how an organisation can most effectively achieve its current and future objectives.

What are Enterprise Architecture Frameworks and Methodologies?

Before we can really discuss Enterprise Architectural frameworks and methodologies, we need to understand the difference between a framework and a methodology.

A framework is a static model or structure which leaves room for other practices and tools to be included but provides much of the process required.

A methodology is a set of principles, tools and practices which can be used to guide processes to achieve a particular goal.

When looking at Enterprise Architecture Frameworks and Methodologies, it is important to note that no framework or methodology is complete as each has its advantages and disadvantages.

There are several Enterprise Architecture Frameworks and Methodologies available. It is important for an architect to select the appropriate framework and apply the suitable methodology to accomplish their engagements successfully for the various products, services and internal organisations they serve.

The most common Enterprise Architecture Framework is The Open Group Architecture Framework (TOGAF). TOGAF is a set of models and tools for developing a broad range of IT architectures. Rather than prescribing a specific set of enterprise architecture deliverables or views, TOGAF is designed to be used with whichever deliverables are considered most appropriate for a given solution. TOGAF describes an example taxonomy of the views an architect might consider, providing guidelines for making that choice.

When looking at Enterprise Architecture Methodologies, different methodologies achieve different goals so it is vital to select a methodology that is aligned to your specific goals. A key to the TOGAF framework remains a reliable, practical method – the TOGAF Architecture Development Method (ADM). The TOGAF ADM describes a method for developing and managing the lifecycle of an enterprise architecture, and forms the core of TOGAF. It integrates elements of TOGAF described in this document as well as other available architectural assets, to meet the business and IT needs of an organisation.

What is the difference between Business Architecture and Enterprise Architecture?

Enterprise Architecture is a much broader discipline than the sum of Business Architecture. Enterprise Architecture is comprised of Business Architecture, IT Architecture, Value Architecture, Process Architecture and more.

How can I learn to implement Business Architecture?

Discover the transformative power of Business Architecture with EA Learning’s immersive 3-day Applied Business Architecture course! Through storytelling, business modeling and visualisations, you will gain a comprehensive understanding of how to apply business architecture concepts and techniques to build a resilient and adaptive enterprise.

By using the narrative of an executive, we help you identify answers to typical business questions such as:

  • Where are my hotspots and pain points?
  • Is my strategy aligned with business operations focus areas?
  • How can I adjust my resources to improve my return on investment?

By using structured and proven methods, we help you approach transformation from current to desired state. We guide the business architecture by using the strategic planning questions of: Where are we now? Where do we want to get to? How do we get there?

Read more about our Applied Business Architecture course and see all of our upcoming scheduled dates.

How can I learn more about Enterprise Architecture?

Learn the TOGAF® Standard, 10th Edition to develop transformative enterprises that are purpose driven, people led, adaptive and resilient! Propel your career with the next-generation skills for Enterprise Architecture (EA) including Agile Architecture, The Digital Enterprise and Design Thinking. 98% of attendees who complete our instructor-led course pass their exams!

Read more about our TOGAF® EA – Foundation and Practitioner course and see all of our upcoming scheduled dates.

While the above is a brief, simplified outline of Business Architecture, Enterprise Architecture and the Frameworks and Methodologies used, we encourage you to contact us via the below form with any additional questions or comments you may have, including about our range of courses and how they can benefit you and your organisation.

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