Digital Business Architecture

Digital Business Architecture refers to the use of Business Architecture for purposes of planning Digital Transformation.

Where the initial Transform Planning exercise determines that the scope of the migration project requires analysis and documentation at the business model level, BA provides the skills and tools to formulate the required capability mapping that drives the technical solution development.

Digital Business Modelling – From Idea to Architecture

The backbone process is one of ‘Digital Business Modelling’, the goal being to facilitate the first phase of digital transformation, documenting new business ideas that are then ultimately translated into Cloud Solution design blueprints, a lifecycle process of ‘Idea to Architecture’.

The most popular tool for expanding an ‘idea on a napkin’ it to a next level of business plan detail is the Business Model Canvas, and the purpose of this overall step is to facilitate the complete cycle, from idea through canvas to business architecture blueprint.

Target Operating Model

Business Architecture can be then be utilized to expand this inital model to a detailed level of Enterprise Architecture, resulting in the ‘To Be’ design, the Target Operating Model.

This process is described through this presentation from ABN Amro – Using Business Architecture to Realize Your Target Operating Model. In this excellent slide deck they describe the deepening process of expanding a business model canvas into a detailed operating model.

Utilizing BA for this Canvas to Blueprint modeling processes is ideal for large organizations, as it maps the desired new service design across the existing legacy estate, exposing key insights such as opportunities for consolidation, as described on on slide 16. On slide 21 they show how a process of Value Stream Mapping the new service models, such as a Field Service Request, would identify the new and amended features that would be required.

Cloud Solution Design

Cloud Solution Design is then the next step, which takes this BA Target Model as inputs to a process of ‘Cloud Pattern Matching’, mapping the required capabilities on to the best fitting Cloud service.