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Architecture of Business

An Architecture of Business is a new concept that explains why our business organisations are as they are and why they react to management and market changes in the way they do.

By business we mean any activity of people that is performed in order to provide real world effect, particularly, sutisfying a consumer demand, and provide a revenue – directly or indirectly. It may be a production of cars, or a charity for people suffering from a disease. In the former case, revenue is generated by the direct activities; in the latter case – the revenue comes indirectly, from the donating people that sponsor those who help others to fight the illness. Also, we consider that a business organisation is a formally organised group of people while an enterprise is an informal groups pf people collected together due to sharing some interests of problems. In the contrast, the IT language, particularly, TOGAF, reverses these definitions.

An Architecture of Business (AoB) is an overarching concept occupying all space between corporate strategy and target operating model. The AoB incorporate the Intrinsic (Organic) Business Architecture and adheres to the principles of Service Orientation, concept of Service-Oriented Ecosystem in the business realm and specifics of Dynamic Business Architecture. Technology and related architectures fit into the AoB via category of ‘resources’ – one of the three parts of any Business Capability, which is defined and described here. Preliminary idea is that AoB may be the same or a part of an Architecture of Enterprise though this requires a further investigation.

You can find the core information about Architecture of Business at the dedicated Site architectureofbusiness.com

You may expects more publications on this topic as well as webinars, workshops and training cources coming soon.

AoB Presentation TitleThe presentation “Architecture of Business: from corporate strategy to optimal Target Operating Model” preformed for the Enterprise Architecture Summer School 2016, Copenhagen, Denmark.





Ontology for Architecture of Business organisation 7The Architecture of Busniess has associated with it ontology and lexicon. The diagram depictes the ontology of Architecture of Busniess with the mapped Zachman taxonomy.






Dynamic business architecture is a Architecture of Business that is built with consideration of dynamic changes dictated by the economic environment.

Business architecture is at the point of split between the needs of slow moving markets and fast moving markets. A slow moving business architecture, also called Traditional Business Architrecture (TBA) can continue to perform and satisfy in certain sectors of economy and countries, but it cannot address the needs of fast moving markets that require dynamic capabilities by design, not by usage as the Dynamic Capability Theory of Prof. D. Tecee defines.

A dynamic environment does not leave enough time for correcting business architectural mistakes. If a company is successful in the dynamic market, this means that its business architects exercise the natural architecture embedded in the system of business organisation and known as an Intrinsic Buisness Architecture (IBA).

BPMCMSummit2015_Presentation_OBAThe presentation on IBA (organic business architecture) preformed for the BPM&CM Summit 2015, Washington, DC, USA







Infogram of AofB The presentation on the subject of Architecture of Business conducted for IASA on 20 April, 2016

 Answers to the questions from the IASA audience may be found here.






FronCoverLeafletOne of the major instruments and outcomes of the work of buinsess architects is Business Capability. You can find a new book targeting a Business Capability for a dynamic market here.





BLOGs and Articles about Dynamic Business Architecture

BLOG 1:  Organic Business Architecture and its Mission in the Business Organization

BLOG 2:  SOA on a Rescue Mission to Business Architecture

BLOG 3:  Where the Strategic Business Solutions come from?

BLOG 4:  How to Sell Business Architecture to Corporate Executives?

BLOG 5:  Anti-Pattern for the Modern Business Architecture?

Why Dynamic Business Architecture requires dynamic business management

Why Business Managers Cannot Create Corporate Business Architecture

Do We Do Architecture or Do We Not?

10 Questions to Business Architects

Natural Business Architecture vs. Business Routine

No Need to Sell Business Architecture to Executives

What Business Architecture Needs: Value Streams or Activity Streams?

The Subject and Discipline of Business Architecture

Tags: business, architecture, dynamic, organic, presentation, change, capability

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