Business Architecture in Practice

This four-day course brings to life the lead selling books on Business Architecture “Business Architecture: A Practical Guide” in an informative, energetic and pragmatic way.  It doesn’t try to reinvent the idea of business architecture or introduce new notations but instead it takes tried and tested methods, techniques, tools and the wealth of experience from practitioners from many fields and presents this myriad of information in an informative and practical way.

The course doesn’t sell itself as perfection, very little things are.  It attempts to show how business can be woven into the very fabric of an organisation and that it should be discipline executed in isolation of other parts of the organisation.

At the end of this course you should be able to

  • define what is business architecture
  • identify the relationship between business architecture and its stakeholders and the disciplines related to it
  • identify the levels within the organisation at which business architecture can be applied and the types or deliverables at those levels
  • specify the core components (building blocks) of business architecture
  • highlight the practical aspects of establishing a credible business architecture practice, including the critical success factors and the competencies required of a business architect
  • identify the resources (materials tools and methods) that exist to, inform, enrich and enable the business architecture capability.


Course code: BUSARCH-04
Duration: 4 days
List Price: £2250
Pre-requisites: This course is open to a wide community of IT specialist including Business analysts, Designers, Architects, Project managers, System integrators, Business analysts, Program and project managers, and other business and technical specialists engaged in the development of enterprise architectures.
Who should attend This course is open to anyone, but it welcomes those particularly involved in investment and change within their organisation, those who recognise that there is a link between investment decisions and business architecture, those involved in the innovation of new products, services or business propositions, if you need a greater appreciation of business architecture, practising architects and you want to evolve your own architecture and practices, is part of architecture practice that is struggling to gain traction and/or is looking to gain improvements, or is curious about business and you would like to embark on a career in business architecture.
Delegates will learn: The rationale for business architecture, integrating business architecture into your organisation, the process of business architecture, describing business architecture, architecture building blocks, practising business architecture and, architecture resources.
Customization: This course is suitable for customization.
Case Study: This course is supplemented with a case study.

Topics Covered

Today’s Dynamics Understand the macro issues driving the emergence of Business Architecture
Managing Complexity Gain an understanding of the challenges of complexity besetting organizations, and introduce how Business Architecture can help
Architecture Stakeholders To appreciate who business architects should engage with to be effective
Architecture Life Cycles To understand the different ways to engage with the business.  This includes both the places in which business architects should engage, and timing of engagement.
Business Architecture Development Introduce core approaches to Business Architecture Development
Business Design Principles To present and discuss the use of principles in business architecture and design and to provide examples to illustrate and discuss
Business Environment In this unit, we will study the various approaches to environmental analysis – an important input to the creation and continuous evolution of an organisation’s architecture
Architecture Governance Provide an overview and introduction to processes required to enable architecture governance
Architecture Levels Introduce how Business Architecture is developed at different levels and the circumstances they are used
Business Architecture Outputs To provide examples and illustrations of the different language in the marketplace
The Elements of Business Architecture To present the different kinds of foundational element that may be used to describe a Business Architecture and to gain appreciation of why we model and document
Business Views of the Organisation In this unit you will gain an understanding of the different ways in which to represent business architecture
Business Capabilities Understand the nature of business capabilities and equip you with the ability to model capabilities
Operating Models Walk through the contents and construction of a target operating model
Business Process and Methods To present when and how to approach business process modelling in the context of a Business Architecture and provide the means to establish a consistent business process modelling and documentation style
Overcoming the Barriers to Business Architecture Walk through the DOs and DONTs of architecture practice and to ensure that as architecture practitioners, a focussed is maintained on the needs of the customer and the delivery of value
The Business Architect What sort of person becomes or is a Business Architect? In this unit we walkthrough different aspects of the business architect role
Establishing a Business Architecture Practice To outline the activities that are necessary to operate a sustainable architecture practice
Architecture Frameworks To ensure delegates understand what architecture frameworks are and how best to use them
Reference Models To ensure delegates understand what reference models are and how best to use them and to provide a list of leading reference models
Architecture Tools, Meta-models and Standards To provide a grounding in the issues surrounding tooling to support the core activities of a business architecture practice