A practical guide on how to employ business architecture, this book offers a route to building a balanced proposition that delivers value to a broad range of stakeholders. Whilst recognising best practice, it also explores a new, inspirational level of business architecture, and shows that the best way to realise the vision is one step at a time. The authors illustrate the opportunities for weaving business architecture practice into the fabric of an organisation through the various stakeholders and life cycles that exist, both formally and informally, within it.
“Business architecture is a discipline devoted to shaping, articulating and guiding business change and defining the optimum course between strategy and its realisation,” they write. “This highly collaborative role acts as catalyst and facilitator in shaping and defining the future organisation with the organisational leaders and senior managers. That alone sets the role apart from any other role in the organisation.”
Jonathan Whelan is a Business Architect who has over 25 years’ experience in a variety of roles. A broad spectrum of businesses has benefited from his observations and a number of his insights have led to significant programmes of work. He is also a Chartered Engineer and a Fellow of the British Computer Society.
Graham Meaden has been a practising Enterprise Architect, as a consultant and member of staff, in the Banking, Insurance, Government, Transportation and Energy industry sectors. In recent years he has focussed on Business Architecture and setting up architecture practices. Most recently, as part of heading up the global Strategic Architecture and Business Architecture teams for HSBC Group, he defined the standards for the bank’s global BPM centre of excellence.
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