The business architect is accountable for proactively and holistically leading or supporting EA activities that create deliverables that guide business models, people, process, organizational change, and investments in response to disruptive forces and toward achieving targeted business outcomes.
This individual is responsible for leveraging technology to enable the organization's future-state business capabilities, which can enable or alter business processes or practices that, in turn, drive the organization's targeted business outcomes.
Business architects must be capable of practically applying existing, new, and emerging technologies to new and evolving business and operating models. Conversely, they must be able to understand, monetize and operationalize new technologies.
The individual in this role develops deliverables that are valuable to the business, including business capabilities, business requirements and workflow.
This individual is responsible for facilitating the construction of business models, which may include business capabilities, functions and processes and organization design, as well as working collaboratively with business strategists, process owners and subject matter experts.
The role focuses on business strategy and targeted business outcomes — clarifying strategic intentions; identifying business outcomes; exploring implications, impacts and risks; and addressing stakeholder questions.
Scope of Activities
Highlight how digital business initiatives will potentially impact the enterprise's critical financial metrics and economic architectures.
Support business and technology innovation that drives the organization's top and bottom lines.
Detail potential competitive threats from digital enterprises that are generally considered outside of your traditional realm of competition.
Engage key business stakeholders to facilitate both strategy and innovation planning.
Collaborate with stakeholders involved in digital strategy and digital innovation to develop an IT investment roadmap.
Review the organization's digital strategy and how the organization currently approaches digital innovation.
Create deliverables that illustrate how to strategically move the business forward.
Work with enterprise architects and key organizational stakeholders to define a strategic plan for leveraging integrated business architecture as part of the enterprise architecture.
Participate in enterprise strategy development, including environmental analysis, opportunity identification, value cases and business innovation portfolio development.
Define a clear plan and governance for ensuring the business architecture work is in lock step with the other EA viewpoints.
Provide strategic consultation to assigned line-of-business (LOB) customers in defining or designing business capabilities, processes, functions and organizational structures, as well as in researching, identifying and internally marketing, selling and enabling technologies based on business and end-user requirements.
Be comfortable using business architecture tools and techniques, including strategy on a page, strategic planning, business model canvas, disruptions and trends, balance scorecard, economical modeling, risks and interdependencies, process models, business capability modeling, ecosystems modeling, customer and user profiling, journey maps, and human-centric design.
Participate in enterprise architecture development, including business architecture, information architecture, application portfolio and technical architecture.
Facilitate agreement on organizational work models and processes to meet business requirements.
Consult with business-facing projects, and maintain knowledge of their progress.
Collaborate with the enterprise program management office on reporting project status, issues, risks and benefits.
Seek ways to apply new technology to, and reuse existing technology for, business processes. Research and provide information on technical trends and competitors' practices relevant to assigned LOB customers.
Assess near-term needs, using structured interview processes, to establish business priorities. Consult with technical subject matter experts, and develop alternative technical solutions. Advise on options, risks, costs versus benefits, and impact on other business processes and system priorities.
Collaborate with other IT functional areas to remain apprised of project status, and inform LOB customer management of progress. Conversely, keep IT's technology and service managers aware of key LOB customer issues, identifying and resolving potential problems and conflicts.
Facilitate development of cross-LOB (enterprise) solutions that combine knowledge of particular business processes and issues, general technological options, and process facilitation techniques.
Develop, motivate and direct staff to create a team environment, and enable staff to fulfill the LOB customer operating objectives.
Credentials and Experience
Bachelor's degree in business, information systems or related discipline, or equivalent and extensive related project experience; M.B.A. preferred
Five to eight years of business or IT experience with a direct responsibility for strategy formulation and/or translation, business analytics, and program management
Management experience in one or more of the following areas: strategic planning, leadership, business relationship management and business process management
Knowledge and understanding of different types of business and operating models (existing, new, emerging and hybrid)
Knowledge of existing, new and emerging technologies and being able to practically them to new business designs and business models
In-depth experience with business transformation and process redesign methods
Knowledge in all aspects of designing and constructing business processes, functions and organizational structures
Comprehensive knowledge of facilitation and organization change management
Strong analytical and conceptual skills; ability to create original concepts and theories for a variety of projects
Experience leading multidisciplined, high-performance work teams
Exhibited skills in leading program management efforts involving the coordination of resources and goals across multiple related projects
Experience developing and monitoring delivery of efficient and effective solutions to diverse and complex business problems
Knowledge of finance, accounting, valuation and metrics development
Statistical and information analysis skills (a plus)
Organizationally savvy, understanding of the political climate of the enterprise and how to navigate obstacles and politics
Ability to communicate, influence and persuade — both business and IT leaders as well as peers
Use the language of business leaders and join the conversation that's taking place
Ability to adapt to rapidly changing technology and apply it to business needs
Ability to establish and maintain a high level of customer trust and confidence
Ability to analyze project needs and determine resources needed to meet objectives and solve problems that involve remote and elusive symptoms, often spanning multiple environments in a business area
Understand business process management, workflow and integration methods and tools
Team player, organizationally savvy, facilitator and works well with others
Respected and trusted leader
Remains unbiased, specific technology- and vendor-neutral — more interested in results than personal preferences
Displays intellectual curiosity and integrity
Motivated by long-term results and achieving targeted business outcomes
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