Business Architecture: How long?

Interesting article from Jeff Scott at Forrester. The headline for me was “63% [of survey respondents] thought they could create the core business architecture in less than two years” followed up by his caution that this was over-optimistic. I have a lot of respect for Jeff ever since I first read this article from him in Architecture & Governance.

Now, I guess all this comes down to what you define as “core business architecture”. But if you mean a stable, repeatable method and models that are fully integrated into strategic planning and the change road-map then I would agree that two years is quite challenging.

However, that doesn’t mean that you need to wait two years until your business architecture efforts can start to add value.

Sure, we had a couple of attempts at defining our capability model until we got it right. These were spread over a number of months and, speaking frankly, it’s still not quite where I’d like it to be. On the other hand, we got our strategic alignment framework up and running in a couple of weeks and, touch wood, it hasn’t really needed any change since we started it.

Maybe I’m an optimist but my response to this post was:

  • Don’t let the best be the enemy of the good – you can get value quickly from business architecture; and
  • If it really is going to take a while to get it right… best get started now then!



About EBAnous

EBAnous works as a business architect for a FTSE-100 company in the south-east of the UK
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