Aligning Business and IT: a Business Architecture Approach

Venue: Residenza di Ripetta

Location: Rome, Italy

Event Date/Time: Apr 26, 2011 End Date/Time: Apr 27, 2011
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One of the main challenges IT executives face is how to align IT systems and strategies with the Business. We have struggled for decades with ad-hoc approaches to solving this problem, which more often than not, are barely effective. Finally, Business Architecture provides a formal, proven, and effective way to achieve alignment.
The first step is to effectively describe the Business strategy and goals. Next, we map those strategies to Business activities and processes. Techniques including Business Motivation Models, value chains, value streams, context diagrams, and capability maps are used to formally define the link between high level strategies and the specific IT capabilities that support them. Next, we assign these capabilities to process models and to SOA services. Finally, we create a comprehensive roadmap that manages the dependencies between the different pieces and aligns the Business strategy with transformational initiatives. This tutorial will illustrate the Business architecture approach to alignment, boil it down to the underlying principles, and show how to apply them to align Business and IT in your organization.
The tutorial is structured as a mix of presentation, interactive discussion and group based exercises, so participants get the chance to apply the principles learned to example scenarios during the facilitated exercises.

What you will learn
Understand the concepts, models and techniques of Business/IT alignment
Get an overview of the principles, practices and structure of Business architecture
Gain familiarity with the most successful alignment planning methods
Understand the relationship between alignment, metrics, and analysis
Illustrate how to capture Business and IT dependencies in a transitional roadmap
Main Topics
The Alignment Challenge
The Business Architecture Approach
Business Motivation Model
Value Chain and Value Stream
High Level Business IT/Alignment
Business Semantics
Business Context Model
Business Process Models
Understanding Performance Measures and Analysis
Business Performance Optimization
Business Architecture for SOA
Alignment from Strategy to IT Capability
Designing the Transition
Creating an Architecture Based Roadmap


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