A well articulated Business Architecture is the cornerstone for a successful outcome of the overall Enterprise Architecture. It defines the business drivers, the business strategy, operational models, goals and objectives that the organisation must have to achieve transition in a potentially competitive and disruptive business environment. Architects working in the other architecture disciplines must understand the Business Architecture as the basis for their own architecture descriptions and as a guide to the business outcomes that must be achieved.
The Business Architecture will typically consist of a description of the baseline and target architectures with a series of transitions defined that can be executed and that would be described on Roadmap diagrams.
Enterprise Architect has a wide range of features that can be used to model the Business Architecture and to create powerful and compelling visualizations that will help the executive level stakeholders and line managers to understand how their strategies are being addressed by the architectures. When an architecture program is set up or a business architecture is initiated it will typically be found that a number of important architectural materials will be available, such as mission and vision statements, strategic plans, business drivers and goals and - more often than not - business processes and capabilities will be at least started even if not complete. Enterprise Architect has a convenient facility to import the content of spreadsheets and word processor tables directly into the repository, saving time and effort.
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