Trends Report

Business Architecture's Time Has Come

The Current State Of Business Architecture

October 24th, 2008
With contributors:
Katie Smillie , Gene Leganza , Mimi An


Interest in business architecture is growing dramatically. During the past two years both IT and business leaders have joined the discussion about the need for a well-defined business architecture. Though there is a great deal of discussion, there is little consensus about what business architecture is, how it should be pursued, and what value it delivers. Business architects in IT as well as in the business have started developing business-unit-wide and enterprisewide business architectures, learning as they go. Their ultimate goals are to improve business decision-making and facilitate better alignment between IT and the business units it supports. Architecture teams that want to play a leading role in business architecture development must start soon or be left behind.

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Katie Smillie
Gene Leganza
and Mimi An