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Posted by Derek Miers on November 19, 2012
When I look at the sorts of advisory work we engage in, I am often struck by the fact that our client organizations are at very different start points on their business architecture journeys. The start point is complicated by the team’s perception of the stakeholders they serve (to whom they deliver value) and the ultimate objectives for their initiative. Not only are the start points and journeys themselves different, but the challenges met on the road also differ. So in a very real sense, working out which mountain you are scaling is just as important as the deciding the route to get there and the team required for success.
We see many different types of business architecture efforts — usually they are attempting to support one or more of the following initiatives:
The list of different types of objectives is much longer than that. But the central point is that without coordination, the enterprise struggles to resolve conflicting objectives and achieve its business goals. Business architecture provides that coordinating framework by providing views that help stakeholders understand their business as it is today and by describing an effective target operating model that integrates strategy with the operating model.
But in the trenches, business architecture professionals are looking for better guidance on a number of different issues. For some, it’s working out the next steps and reporting lines, while others are trying to understand which methods they should add to their existing toolbox (and their value). And it’s within that context that Forrester has launched The Business Architecture Playbook.
Whether you are already on the journey or just starting out, Forrester’s business architecture playbook provides a set of tools that helps organizations:
In a very real sense, the business architecture playbook provides the mountaineers’ guide for organizations on the path. It provides a framework for our research on simplifying and supporting each phase of your business architecture initiatives. The documents within it are packed full of advice and guidance, with pitfalls to avoid and best practices to observe. Over time, this living research will be updated and fleshed out. The core set of documents are there, with other documents and toolkits soon to follow.
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