Business Model Management

Marc Lankhorst

Enterprise Architecture and Capability-Based Planning

Business capabilities are stable building blocks that define what an organization does. They encompass elements such as people, processes and systems that come together to realize specific functions. Due to their relatively lasting nature and the way they consolidate various cross-domain components, capabilities are a very useful tool for facilitating dialogue between stakeholders on the business and IT sides of the organization. Specifically, by managing and planning the way these capabilities and their constituents interact with strategy, with technology components etc. organizations can better navigate the complexity inherent in any large enterprise’s business-IT landscape.   Read more

Marc Lankhorst

Enterprise Architecture and Strategic Investment Planning

Even when an Enterprise Architecture practice is present in an organization, it is most often understood to be either strictly preoccupied with the management of IT, or at most with the management of business and IT together, but on a horizontal level. The truth is, however, that mature EA is not only capable but also expected to deliver a vertical line of sights between strategy to execution. This, by definition, entails giving guidance on the direction of investments and the orientation of change programs/projects.   Read more

Marc Lankhorst

Enterprise Architecture and the Project Management Office

Planning and executing change is a key capability for organizations in this day and age. However, in order to do this successfully, businesses – especially large ones – must overcome the heavy burden of complexity that generally adds up as the organization scales up its operationsComplexity often means that an enterprise has little visibility into the full range of consequences for any proposed change or investment.   Read more

Marc Lankhorst

How Do Enterprise Architects Get Invited to the Decision Table?

Enterprise Architecture Means Business

Perhaps it’s in the name – enterprise architecture. Maybe that’s what prevents business stakeholders from engaging in a more meaningful way with the EA team. Architecture summons images of systems design, technology infrastructure, software development – IT, in other words, and that spells techie guys in the basement. “Definitely not what we’re interested in”, the verdict probably goes. It’s quite possible that’s at least part of the problem. Read more

Joe Geary, VP of Customer Value at BiZZdesign

What Is the Value Proposition of Enterprise Architecture Today?

As the Vice President of Customer Value here at BiZZdesign, it’s my job to work with a great many organizations and identify ways for them to successfully achieve their objectives. This means I deal with big enterprises, small enterprises; companies that have a mature EA practice, or are only just now starting out; from retail to tech, and everything in between. Read more

James Goodwin

Driving Business Collaboration

The past few months have presented both challenge and opportunity for all organizations. The problems are immediate; businesses face financial pressures to sustain an existing cost base in a context of reduced staff availability and reduced revenue. Given the changing social dynamics, the opportunities are numerous. Read more

Marc Lankhorst

Creating Architecture Models in an Agile Way

In previous blog posts, we talked about the use of architecture models in the context of agile development, and the ‘right’ level of detail for such models. But how do you go about creating models in an agile context? Read more

Marc Lankhorst

What is the Right Level of Detail for My Agile Models?

In previous blog posts, we discussed the use of architecture models in agile development. Probably the most commonly asked questions in modeling is: “What is the right level of detail for my models?” And in an agile context this is perhaps asked even more often. Read more

Marc Lankhorst

ArchiMate Models for Agile Teams (Part 2)

In the first part of this blog post, we discussed in general how the structure of the ArchiMate modeling language matches the structure of both component and feature teams. In this second part, we want to go a bit deeper into this topic.

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Raz Mitache

Customer Focus From Start to Finish: Delivering Business Change that Makes a Difference

Having the right focus

The customer is the most important variable in the equation of success. Please them and you’ll do well; ignore their needs and desires, especially in this age of speed and lower emotional attachment, and you invariably go out of business. Read more

Henk JonkersBernd Ihnen

Raise Model Quality – Conformance Checks

ArchiMate provides a powerful language to visually describe the architecture of an enterprise at different layers – from strategy to implementation. Read more

Raz Mitache

A Solution for Ailing Retailers: Change Your Business Model

All over the world, retailers seem to be having a hard time lately. In the UK, for instance, over the last several years, their woes have become part of the national narrative, alongside the lack of housing, or an underfunded NHS. Whether in the local paper, online or on television, one hears about retailers’ troubles regularly – at times it seems the only thing disappearing faster than retail stores in Britain are the polar ice caps.

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Marc Lankhorst

Business Architecture with ArchiMate

Today, organizations need to move at speed and adapt their business to a volatile environment, while at the same time dealing with many inside and outside stakeholders and influences, ranging from customers and partners in the ecosystem to regulators, competitors, and the uncertain effects of politics (viz. Brexit or the US-China trade war). To be an adaptive enterprise, business architecture is an indispensable discipline. Without an architectural approach to your business, you will quickly get mired in the myriad changes and effects, without a clear path forward.

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Marc Lankhorst

How Enterprise Architects Can Contribute to Innovation

In our ongoing series on high-speed organizations and the Adaptive Enterprise, we have written several times about the need to foster innovation in your organization. So how can enterprise architects contribute to that innovation?

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Marc LankhorstRob Kroese

Data Analysis with Dashboards in HoriZZon

In my recent blog post on stakeholder communication, I described various basic forms of communication about architecture, with diagrams, tables, heatmaps and the like. What I did not touch upon in that post is how you can enrich your architecture (and other) models with additional data and display the results in various dashboards. That is the topic of this post. 

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Bernd Ihnen

Practical ArchiMate Viewpoints for the Application Layer 

 In my previous blog post (https://bizzdesign.com/blog/a-pattern-for-sizing-archimate-diagrams) I described why it is useful to reduce complexity when creating architecture diagrams. It supports the architect by guiding the creation of diagrams and it supports the reader by not creating overly complex diagrams (too many different types of concepts). Each viewpoint addresses a specific concern, e.g. a capability map to show what the capabilities of a company are. In this blog I will focus on the application layer to provide practical examples using the viewpoint creation pattern described in the previous blog post. The examples are quite generic. They are meant to be used as a starting point for professionals looking to learn more on the subject so they appeal to a large audience. 

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Marc Lankhorst

Agile/DevOps Support in Enterprise Studio & HoriZZon

In our previous blog post, we outlined why Enterprise Architecture and Agile/DevOps are key in becoming an adaptive enterprise. We also described several use cases where EA can strengthen Agile and DevOps practices. Now, we want to focus on the ways in which you can connect these in practice, using architecture models and appropriate tool support.

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Nick Reed

Continuous Architecture: Turning the Database Inside-Out to Improve Transformation Decision-Making

In today’s business landscape, effective transformation is critical for enterprises to stay competitive.  By definition, transformation happens over time.   

Enterprises (or some subsection thereof) have a current state which needs to change for the better.  That change – however small or large – results in a different future state. With the widespread adoption of Agile working practices and DevOps-based continuous delivery, these changes can be very small and very frequent. 

-Nick Reed and Bart Molenkamp

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Marc Lankhorst

NATO Architecture Framework & ArchiMate: Work To Be Done for NAF & ArchiMate in Defence 

In the previous instalments in this series, we discussed common drivers for architecture in defence and industry, commonalities between the architecture practice in defence and the civil sector, and why the ArchiMate language was chosen as a recommended standard for expressing architectures in the NATO Architecture Framework v4. In this final instalment, we discuss the work that still needs to be done for using ArchiMate in the context of NAF v4. 

– Kevin Wallis (MOD ISS) & Marc Lankhorst (BiZZdesign)

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Marc Lankhorst

Communicating Architecture with Stakeholders

Previously, I have blogged about stakeholder management and showed you some useful techniques to support this important part of enterprise architecture. In this blog post, I want to address different ways to share architecture information with different types of stakeholders involved in changing your enterprise. 

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