Architecture and Dynamics in Business

There are several reasons for the IT alignment problem. Consider the Zachman Framework approach, for example, using successive transformation of views of the information systems architecture.

Big Shoes to Fill

It is not easy to describe what corporate executives feel our days when they observe a modern business environment. I can compare this feeling to, for example, a feeling of a driver who used to ride somewhere in the Mid West and suddenly appeared in Boston, Mass. The car is the same, the majority of driving rules is the same, people speak the same English, but the driver feels a great deal of uncertainty - why? – Because roads have dramatically changed – became curvy and require constant steering, even on the highway; because blocks of houses are small and it takes only a couple of seconds to pass them instead of ten or more seconds in such place like Salt Lake City; because everyone wants to be ahead of you.

The Business is at Risk

Business architecture focuses on the opportunity and capabilities of the organization. They are the driving forces behind a business’ strategy to do a merger, an acquisition, a divestiture, drive IT alignment, improve business processes or engage in an outsourcing activity.

Advanced Decision Modeling

The two OMG standards: Business Process Modeling Notation (BPMN) Decision Model and Notation (DMN) provide readable notations for business analysts and technologist alike. The purpose of DMN is to provide an understandable symbolic representation of a business decision. The purpose of BPMN is to provide an understandable symbolic representation of a business process. Yet, the combination of DMN and BPMN provides much more than an understandable map of processes. It can be a useful tool for creating gains in productivity, competitiveness and agility.

Different Management Perspectives

Management perceives of architecture in many different ways. As skeptical architects, we believe architecture will not be successful and useful in business as long as the perception continues. Unfortunately, benefits and outcomes of efforts in enterprise-level architecture are difficult to show immediately. Since they are not obvious to senior management, those managers do not perceive its value. Hence, a different approach may be needed to change this perspective. In reality, enterprise architecture is fundamentally about the organization's structure.

The Relationship of Architectures

The architectures are connected through the application of a set of analytics based on the phrase structure of the models. This technique is described as ‘phrase analytics’ and are semantic in nature but not the same as the popular text analytics of today that deal with analyzing document or web semantics.