The BPM and Case Management Global Summit on June 27 – 29, in Washington, D.C. conference. Our book on Business and Dynamic Change: the Arrival of Business Architecture will be available. This book has 14 articles by various authors who provide their insight and view on architecture as applied to organization today.

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The book was announced in 2015 and was divided into two parts: Part 1 describes the overall view of architecture from several different perspectives and Part 2 contains a series of chapters that give specific applications and approaches to different architecture uses.

Part 1 – Getting your arms (and your head) around the whole architecture space is not an easy task. These chapters introduce several variations with a lot of commonality on how to look at business architecture. Each of these has been used with success. With over 65 management models today and as many methodologies and analytical approaches, the big picture is really a work in progress. As the ideas are sorted out and worked into viable frameworks for representing an organization the value of business architecture efforts will greatly increase.

IBD partners with KCI partners in two key chapters in this part of the book:

  • Frank Kowalkowski’s chapter sets the stage by describing 4 perspective architectures titled ‘Making Sense out of the Architecture Jungle.’ This chapter contains detail on what goes into the External Architecture (XA) that represent the business landscape and the Strategic Architecture (SA) that represents the organization response to the external environment. With Business Architecture (BA) and Enterprise Architecture (EA) you have a complete view of the structure the organization must deal with to survive and flourish.
  • Gil Laware’s key companion chapter discusses making the transition from the current to future architecture states. In his article ‘Converting Decision-to-Action’, this chapter points out that you drive change from decisions the management must make. This implies a need to connect architectures together vertically and horizontally to affect their transition and find a solution to the needs of the organization.

Part 2 - Sometimes you need to get into the gritty details of the architecture work. Here are some specific uses and applications of architecture concepts. Some are enterprise wide and some are specific to parts of the architecture. In each case the author(s) provides the rationale in applying the architecture concepts described.

We’re equally excited to let you know we will be conducting the first full day workshop on the perspective architecture concept and its implications. This approach follows the principle that architecture must do more than document things. There should be analytics that provide the analyst with input to draw conclusions about change in the organization. The workshop covers each perspective in separate sections. Hands-on exercises illustrate the analytics used to connect architectures together to get practical results.

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Information technology (IT) is at the heart of every significant business process and is critical to innovation and business success. Yet seeing, understanding and acting on the IT ‘big picture’ seldom occurs in many businesses. Vision is short-term and focused on daily operations.Existing IT staff are pressed to keep the business running and have little time, inclination, motivation or capability to focus on long-term planning (strategic planning). Consequently, businesses operate inefficiently, at competitive risk and sometimes on the brink of failure.

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Architecture: Implicit or Explicit

Organizations have a set of different structural perspectives that work together to achieve its objectives.  For example, some of the most common primitive categories of a business include: strategies, goals, organizations, locations, processes, decisions, systems and so on.  Each of these categories are identified and recorded. Some organizations have very disciplined approaches while others have not formalized the architectural process.

The process of formalization includes maintaining the relationships between the each item within a category may have associations within the same category and eventually relationships across 2 or more categories. For example, a business process model with swim lanes, represents organization and process actions. In some cases, it may include relationships to decisions.  Today, we have different methodologies that support business architecture relationships in other forms (matrices, flows, and trees across all categories) and have metrics and analytic techniques that permit the analysis of impact of mergers, acquisitions, divestitures, consolidations, systems and other actions that impact the structure of the business itself.

So, the Executive leadership and management need a clear precise terminology to understand the implications of architectural efforts. A structure like this allows for simple communication of the different architectures over time. Two key points we're making about the communication of architectures, they should:

  • Be simple and direct
  • Provide insight into the implications of business change

The implications is that architecture includes elements of business strategy, plans, innovation, and an approach that leads to organizational success.

Read more to learn about the Service Architecture.

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Architectural Puzzle

Information By Design, LLC and Knowledge Consultants, Inc. in conjunction with Future Strategies, Inc. launched an architecture book ‘Business and Dynamic Change' in 2015, The 'Business Architecture’ book brought the many perspectives of architecture together to provide various insights about its use. Fourteen experienced and knowledgeable authors discuss how architecture is part of several different managerial approaches. The book is focus on two major perspectives: one looks at the breath of architecture in organizational settings (the big picture) and the other describes practical applications of architecture.

Three featured authors in the book pose at the recent BPM and Case Management Summit in Washington DC. From left to right, Frank Kowalkowski, President of Knowledge Consultants, Jude Pereira, Managing Director of IYCON, Dubai and Gil Laware President of Information By Design.

At the 2015 BPM and Case Management Summit held in Washington DC, three featured authors pose from left to right, Frank Kowalkowski, President of Knowledge Consultants, Jude Pereira, CEO of IYCON, Dubai, UAE and Gil Laware, CEO of Information By Design, LLC.

The 'Business and Dynamic Change' book sponsored by the Workflow Management Coalition (WfMC) is the first in their new architecture series. Copies of the book are available via Amazon or directly from Future Strategies, Inc. through the following link:

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Information By Design (IBD) is a leading professional services firm focused on helping businesses to use information technology more effectively.

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