Training Business Architecture Fundamentals

Business Architecture Fundamentals

Duration: 3 days – Expert led hands-on course.

In this turbulent and competitive global economy, and the rapid pace of change in business models involving innovative technology, organizations are challenged to architect new strategies for business transformation.

Leaders steering business transformation initiatives, in public and private enterprise, need highly effective strategic business analysts to ensure business outcomes are realized. We all need to reduce the risk of budget overruns, and reduce project debt created by highly visible business and technology project failures. This workshop shares insights and prepares your skills for meeting and exceeding this challenging assignment.

The Business Architecture Implementation workshop is based upon emerging "best practices" of shared by industry experts, the Business Architecture Guild (BIZBOK©) and reveals how to deliver a Business Architecture Transformation Project using pragmatic and effective techniques.

Business Architecture Fundamentals


What You'll Learn

Learn how to deliver a Business Architecture Transformation project from “As is” to “To Be”

Experience insights and techniques with an industry expert workshop leader, who was directly involved in many successful and well-documented transformations over the years covered in this workshop. Learn and practice effective business architecture techniques that align leadership and organizations to deliver successful transformation outcomes.

Skilled techniques and practices are carefully revealed during this engaging interactive workshop where attendees are encouraged to share their real-world challenges to class, and learn how to develop an effective business architecture practice. You will learn how to:

  • Leverage the What, Where, When, Why and How of Business Architecture.
  • Align business strategy, vision with expected outcomes using metrics Leverage lessons from major business and technology transformations
  • Reuse Business Architecture Patterns
  • How to perform a capability assessment
  • Leverage lean value stream assessment
  • How to apply process scoping assessment
  • How to apply service accountability assessment
  • Master how to use the Business Architecture Guild BIZBOK©
  • Perform a workshop using a real transformation case study


  • This course will prepare you to pass Certified Business Architect (CBA)® Exam
  • Certificate of Completion and College Credit Hours
  • LinkedIn Endorsement by our Industry Expert Workshop Leader

Who Needs to Attend

  • Leadership and business Leads
  • Business Subject Matter Experts
  • Practitioners who need a proven approach when deploying Business Architecture using BIZBOK®
  • Anyone who needs to become BIZBOK® Certified
  • Business Analysts, Enterprise Architects, Solution Architects
  • Project Managers

Course Outline

Introducing Business Architecture

  1. Business modeling challenges?
  2. What does success look like?
  3. Alignment of strategy with operations
  4. Business Transformation lessons learned
  5. Benefits of a business architecture practice
  6. Leveraging frameworks, patterns and standards

Perform Preliminary Activities

  1. Begin with the end in mind
  2. Change Management Leadership
  3. Initial transformation scoping
  4. Confirm governance and support frameworks
  5. Establish business architecture team
  6. Communication Skills
  7. Confirm business architecture principles
  8. Select and tailor business architecture frameworks
  9. Select reference models
  10. Select catalogs, matrices, viewpoints and documents
  11. Implement business architecture tool
  12. What is a good tool?
  13. Finalize standards and Tool training
  14. Request for Business Architecture Work
  15. Tailored business architecture repository

Assess Business Strategy

  1. Establish the architecture project
  2. Identify stakeholders, concerns, and business requirements
  3. Stakeholder Influence & Interest Map
  4. SWOT Analysis
  5. Stakeholder concerns and communication
  6. Confirm and elaborate business goals, drivers and constraints
  7. Business Motivation Model (OMG BMM)
  8. Evaluate business capabilities
  9. Assess readiness for business transformation
  10. Scope the organizations impacted
  11. Confirm and elaborate architecture and business principles
  12. Develop the Architecture Vision
  13. Problem Definition
  14. Vision
  15. Define the target architecture business case
  16. Identify the business transformation risks and mitigation
  17. Establish the communication plan
  18. Develop Statement of Architecture Work contract

Determine Assessment Path

  1. Business scenario analysis
  2. Identify target objectives & outcomes measurement
  3. Perform impact analysis
  4. Assessment Techniques
  5. Capability
  6. Value Stream
  7. Process Scope
  8. Products and Services
  9. Perform initial business architecture impact analysis

Perform Business Analysis

  1. Business modeling best practices
  2. Breaking down complexity
  3. Develop baseline Business Architecture Definition
  4. Problem description
  5. Vision and Scope
  6. Capability model assessment
  7. Process value stream assessment
  8. Process structure assessment
  9. Applying Business Patterns
  10. Service assessment
  11. Product assessment
  12. Information model assessment
  13. Needs assessment
  14. Conduct formal stakeholder review
  15. Finalize the baseline Business Architecture Definition

Architect Business Solution

  1. Develop target Business Architecture Definition
  2. Vision and Scope
  3. Capability model
  4. Process value stream
  5. Scoped Business processes
  6. Services
  7. Products
  8. Information model
  9. Needs
  10. Perform gap analysis
  11. Business Architecture
  12. Application Architecture
  13. Data Architecture
  14. Technology Architecture
  15. Review and consolidate gap analysis results
  16. Define target Business Architecture roadmap components
  17. Conduct formal stakeholder review
  18. Finalize the target Business Architecture Definition

Plan and establish initiatives

  1. Finalize opportunities and solutions
  2. Confirm key corporate change attributes
  3. Determine business constraints for implementation
  4. Define initiatives
  5. Map objectives to initiatives
  6. Create initiative metrics
  7. Determine constraints for implementation
  8. Initiative tradeoffs & decisions
  9. Review and consolidate gap analysis results
  10. Review IT requirements from a functional perspective
  11. Reconcile interoperability requirements
  12. Refine and validate dependencies
  13. Confirm readiness and risk for business transformation
  14. Formulate high-level implementation and migration strategy
  15. Identify and group major work packages
  16. Identify Transition Architectures
  17. Create portfolio and project charters

Deploy Solutions

  1. Migration planning considerations
  2. Confirm management frameworks
  3. Confirm transition architecture increments/phases
  4. Generate the architecture implementation roadmap
  5. Prioritize the migration projects
  6. Estimate resource requirements and timing
  7. Engage deployment team
  8. Create portfolio and project charters

Perform implementation governance

  1. Implementation governance
  2. Confirm scope and priorities for deployment
  3. Identify deployment resources and skills
  4. Guide development of solutions deployment
  5. Perform enterprise architecture compliance reviews
  6. Audit business and IT operations
  7. Perform pre & post-implementation reviews

Rolling out a Business Architecture practice

  1. Common approaches for getting started
  2. Determine business objectives
  3. Communicate business value
  4. Assess opportunities to leverage business architecture
  5. Establish business architecture governance
  6. Establish business architecture baseline
  7. Leverage business architecture during initiative planning
  8. Expand business architecture
  9. Business architecture Center or Excellence (CoE)

Course Take Aways

Save time and immediately power up your practice during the course and your next project. Every participant receives the following course handouts:

  • Course Guidebook and Case Study
  • Additional industry Case Studies
  • MS Word, MS Excel, reporting, and Business Architecture Templates


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“Sparx EA is, without a doubt, the business and software modeling tool bargain of the century.” – Fiona Lindberg, CBAP, McKesson Health Systems, Atlanta, GA

“I really liked the translation of theoretical Business Architecture to the real world examples shared by our instructor. Who said that business architecture is not deliver business value, it may be the instructor that makes the key difference to learning and setting up a successful practice the first time” – Business Architect, Wells Fargo Bank, San Francisco

“I’ve been able to impose a new level of discipline on to align business and IT – we’ve eliminated the ‘weak link’ by creating a common business language( OMG UML Business Modeling) between the business people coming in with requirements and the architects who are designing the new systems. The methods and techniques revealed are a breath of fresh air when I compare them to their predecessors – that performed like a herd of elephants.” – Director of Strategic Planning, Major US based Retailer