The functions and processes required to support the business strategy of an enterprise is called Business Architecture. A cross functional team consisting of Subject Matter Experts, IT leaders, and businesses own it. The discipline consists of principles, requirements, and models of the business process of the enterprise. There are quite a few advantages of this discipline for any business. It basically tries to make sure that the enhancements, implementation, and changes of business functions and processes are traceable to and suitable for business strategy.
Goals of the professionals
The business architects try to leverage the existing capabilities of a business and create new ones to increase business value. In order to improve business operations and serve the customers in a better way, the business architects improve the existing business capabilities. Reducing complexity and operational costs is another goal of the professionals and they do so by reducing functional overlaps and improving process efficiency. They also improve the alignment of resource, investment, strategy, and goal between business units and IT.
This discipline helps to improve the core capability of IT to enable it to serve the needs of the business. Through technology standards and process improvement, they improve cost performance of IT. Improving the performance of Enterprise Architecture through a better understanding of the business and IT strategies and goals is the target of the professionals.
Business process Modeling Notations
The graphical representation for specifying business processes is called BPMN. Based on the technique of flowchart it provides a notation that is understandable by the business stakeholders. The business stakeholders include the business analysts who construct and refine the processes, technical developers implementing these processes and finally process managing and monitoring business managers. The notations serve to be a common language that creates a bridge that covers the communication gap occurring between the process designing team and implementing team.