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Business Architecture: A Practical Guide [Hardcover]

Jonathan Whelan , Graham Meaden

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Aug. 28 2012 1409438597 978-1409438595
Organizations today exist in an environment of unprecedented change. They do so against a backdrop of a global, competitive marketplace, the fast-paced enablement of technology, amplified regulation and accelerating organizational complexity. Many organizations are addressing change in a sub-optimal way and they are operating without a clear view of where their operational risks lie. It is these dynamics that are leading organizations to recognise and embrace Business Architecture. Despite this environment, Business Architecture can be a difficult 'sell' - it is often perceived to be abstract and lacking in tangible delivery. To succeed, Business Architecture must be pragmatic and, to be sustainable, it must focus on achieving long-term value and, at the same time, recognise the shorter-term tactical needs of the organisation. With these challenges in mind, this book provides a practical guide on how to employ Business Architecture and how to build a balanced proposition that delivers value to a broad range of stakeholders. As the book states, Business Architecture should not be practised in isolation, nor should it be thought of as a one-off process; it needs to be woven into the fabric of the organization. And so the authors illustrate the opportunities for weaving the Business Architecture Practice into this fabric through the various stakeholders and life cycles that exist, both formally and informally, within an organization. Whilst recognizing best practice, this book explores a new, inspirational level of Business Architecture whilst acknowledging that the best way to realize the vision is one step at a time.

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' It is the best work to date describing business architecture.'Jeff Scott, former Forrester Analyst.'I love this book. I have read it two times and I am looking forward to reading it again!! ... I hope every Business Architect reads this book ... Clearly, the time has come for Business Architecture: A Practical Guide. Thank you Graham and Jonathan.'From the Foreword by John A. Zachman'Business Architecture is very challenging to do and even harder to describe, being inherently multi-dimensional in nature. The authors of this book have done well to distil their considerable experience into a handbook that provides valuable advice to help organisations develop their capability in managing business change.'Sally Bean, Enterprise Architecture Consultant'This is a significant contribution to the field of Business Architecture. Essential reading for all practising Enterprise Architects!' Stuart Macgregor, CEO, Real IRM International, South Africa'Jonathan Whelan and Graham Meaden offer analysts and enterprise architects coming new to the practice of Business Architecture a sound introduction to the concepts and terminology of the subject.'Hugh Evans, Founder and CEO, Enterprise Architects - --This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.

About the Author

Graham Meaden has been a practising Enterprise Architect, as a consultant and member of staff, in the Banking, Insurance, Government, Transportation and Energy industry sectors. In recent years he has focussed on Business Architecture and setting up architecture practices. Most recently, as part of heading up the global Strategic Architecture and Business Architecture teams for HSBC Group, he defined the standards for the bank's global BPM centre of excellence. Jonathan Whelan is a Business Architect who has over 25 years' experience in a variety of roles within leading organizations. A broad spectrum of businesses has benefited from his observations and a number of his insights have led to significant programmes of work. Jonathan is also the author of several published books and has contributed to professional, trade and press publications. As well as having considerable practical experience, Jonathan is a Chartered Engineer and a Fellow of the British Computer Society.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Clear and concise written book July 5 2014
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It did give me some additional insight about how the models hang together and the explanation about capability was spot on. The book gives you help but you need to have considerable understanding of the subject matter. I would not recommend to absolute beginners but recommend it for people with some basic or advanced understanding,
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent overview of BA for established professionals and executives Feb. 3 2014
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This is one of my best go-to book for the year 2013-14, specially the lucid and clear style of writing, the presentation of the subjects, and scope of this fast developing area. As an IT professional with a background in business administration, I always felt the existence of big gap and friction between the business and technology strategies in enterprises (big and small). With the relatively recent formalization of the knowledge areas of Enterprise Architecture and now Business architecture, that parallel and quite distinct lifelines of business and technology have finally started to merge. And this book goes a long way in formulating the co-existence, and harmony of the two distinct areas, starting with design thinking for business.

I have already read it a couple of times, though each time I read it, there are new insights that I discover. I highly recommend this book to anyone interested in Technology strategy, Enterprise architecture, and of course everyone in the Business architecture field. Hope every CIO has a copy of this excellent book, even though there are lots of areas that still need to be explored, but as the authors mention, we are still in Business Architecture 1.0 level.

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