- Self Assessment
In December 2007 through January 2008, the BPM Institute surveyed the Business Architecture Bulletin list to gain insights into the nature of business architecture work. The survey’s goal was to identify who is performing business architecture work, ascertain related goals, determine the nature of the work being performed and identify service and tool preferences.
There were 60 individuals responding from 60 organizations. To determine who these individuals were, we asked people their titles and internal affiliations. The survey found the following.
In order to ensure that everyone was on the same page, we wanted to determine concurrence on our definition of business architecture. We asked people if they agreed or disagreed with the following definition. “A formal blueprint of governance structures, business semantics and value streams across the extended enterprise.”
This definition is posted on the Business Architecture Work Group site and on our Business Architecture Homepage. Eighty five percent (85%) of respondents concurred with this definition. Of the 15% that did not agree with the above definition, respondents felt the definition should be broadened to include:
We wanted to know what type of work was being performed by the respondents who, by definition, have an interest or stake in business architecture. Respondents could check multiple items. We found that of the survey respondents:
The multiple roles of analysis, modeling and requirements analysis embody key aspects of business architecture work. Also notable is that more than a third of respondents were involved in the important task of enterprise governance and organizational change.
We asked people if they had a formal organizational unit(s) called “Business Architecture” in their enterprise.
For those with formal business architecture units, we asked where this unit or these units reside and where they receive funding. Note that several respondents had multiple units in multiple locations.
We asked those with business architecture initiatives or a business architecture unit planned or in place about their goals. Respondents were allowed to check multiple items.
We asked if respondents are planning to license one or more tools to support business architecture over the course of the next year. We found:
We also asked respondents what types of services they plan to engage to support their business architecture efforts.
Finally, we asked what aspects of business architecture people are most interested in learning about. We allowed respondents to check multiple items. Two thirds of respondents said:
Over half of respondents said:
Over one third of respondents said:
In summary, the survey points to some interesting findings and trends. Consider that:
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