What Kind Of Business Architecture Tool Do You Want?

I am increasingly being asked the question: “What tools are business architects using?” My answer is short but not very helpful: “Microsoft Office.” In a recent Forrester survey of more than 250 organizations, 80% of the respondents said they used PowerPoint, Excel, or Visio. Thirty percent or less also use a variety of other tools, including the typical EA tool suites and process modeling tools.  

My question to the business architecture community is: “What kind of business architecture tools do you want?”

Here are a few attributes to spur your thinking:

  • What business architecture elements do you want to manage: goals, strategy, capabilities, processes, services, organization, etc.?
  • How would you like to see the tool packaged: totally integrated (one tool does it all), separate components, integrable modules?
  • How important is it that your business architecture tool integrates with the more technically focused EA tools?
  • What kind of platform do you want your BA tools to run on: desktop, server, cloud?
  • How would you like the pricing structured: one-time purchase, lease, SaaS model?

Let me know what you think. You can reply here, or even better, reply on Forrester’s new EA Community, where it is easier to follow the conversation: http://community.forrester.com/message/13450#13450


Tools for business architects

Lombardi Blueprint is a great tool for collaborative mapping of business processes. It beats the heck out of Sharepoint + Visio.

Tool for Business Architecture

One would love to have following capabilities for business architecture work in a tool:

- Ability to perform impact analysis of a change against the linked elements of the organization from strategy to technology elements

- Ability to highlight potential set of risks which may/can be compromised with the change of business

- Ability to give a clear views of current, change and future business from operation, strategy and external factors

- Ability to measure instituitionalization the future state of business architecture against the programs and projects

- Ability to clearly show the functional overlaps of business functions and how it will impact the organization from cost in every dimensions with in which the organization works.

- Ability to pick the atomic level of business element and drag it in environment for future where BA can simulate the behaviour of business.

At the City of Edmonton, we

At the City of Edmonton, we plan to begin using the Municipal Reference Model v2 (MRMv2) when it becomes available (released within the next few months). The 'engine' the MRMv2 is primarily IBM System Architect. The underlying reference model and meta model has been designed by, and will continue to be governed by, participating Canadian Municipalities. The City of Edmonton has been a member of the working group, so I feel quite confident in the ability of the tool and reference model to provide us the ability to model and report on programs, services, processes, accountability and other business architecture perspectives. Other orders of government in Canada (Federal and Provincial) are watching and interested in seeing how this can be applied to business architecture work in their jurisdictions. Stay tuned!

is MBA necessary for Business architects

I am interested in exploring if an MBA is a required qualification for successful BAs/

Tools for Business Architects

See what Australia Post has done since 2005....
You can use Aris and many other tools but the key is to start with the end in mind BEFORE you apply a tool. i.e. mock up and test your models then build and interelate them.