Business Architecture for Digital Transformation

From Canvas to Blueprint

Business Architecture is a set of best practices defined by organizations like the OMG and the Business Architecture Guild, that provide a structured way for planning organizational change and transformation.

canvas1It includes use of tools like the Business Model Canvas, that entrepreneurs and other change agents will be familiar with, and expands into other areas like business process design and enterprise architecture.

To illustrate how they may be used for planning Digital Transformation projects we’ll emphasize this progressing journey, beginning with the Business Model Canvas and how this can then evolve into a more complex enterprise-scale plan, aka ‘From Canvas to Blueprint‘.

Digital Transformation – Reference List

Our guide is achieved by distilling their collection of reference implementation case studies into a series of implementation ‘recipes’ for how to implement Business Architecture, and as described within the context of this article, how it can be applied to design and manage Digital Transformation projects.

For this digital agenda we zoom in on a specific sub-set of case studies, those from IDC, Credit Suisse and Mastercard.

  1. IDC defines a Digital Transformation Framework How to set the high level big picture, based on the emergent Platform Business Model, what IDC contextualizes as ‘The Third Platform’ and how it enables omnichannel capabilities for digital disruption.

  2. Credit Suisse defines their ‘eBCM’ – A core reference model for transforming IT solution delivery through Business Architecture, encompassing Business/IT Alignment, an Application Roadmap Architecture design review process that unifies cross-department teams and exposes duplicated functionality for consolidation.

  3. Mastercard defines ‘Agile Business Architecture‘ – The hybrid combination of BA with Agile practices. They also accompany this with a guide to Establishing a BA Practice and an ‘Architecture-Driven Investment Framework‘, a portfolio approach for targeting IT investments in line with a governing Enterprise Architecture and Strategic Goals – For example Consolidating Data Centers.

Used in combination they enable any IT organization to adopt a complete BA-driven transformation capability that also includes specific capabilities for defining Cloud Migration. The BA practices provide the ideal organizational and process planning tools for adapting the IT organization to take advantage of these capabilities, and fast-track Digital Transformation progress.

Neil McEvoy
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