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Why Business Outcome Journey Maps are a useful technique for business architects

posted by Marc Lankhorst on Dec 5, 2017

Business Outcome Journey Maps are a new technique that help you focus on the key aspects of value creation in your enterprise. Here we show you what they are, why they are useful and how they are supported in BiZZdesign Enterprise Studio.




How to build an Adaptive Enterprise?

posted by Marc Lankhorst & Peter Matthijssen on Nov 15, 2017

In today’s turbulent business environment, organizations need to be excellent at designing and implementing change. The ‘Digital Enterprise’ requires continuous innovation, which means that organizations are in a constant state of flux. At the same time, they need to stay in control. They have to deal with regulatory pressure, financial constraints, and the risk of disturbing their going concern while implementing major change.




Why adding a value stream element to ArchiMate® is key?

posted by Adina Aldea, Henk Jonkers & Marc Lankhorst on Oct 25, 2017

In recent years, the concept of ‘value stream’ has become increasingly popular. It is a useful element in the toolbox of business architects, and is advocated in, for example, the Open Group Guide to Value Streams and the BIZBOK® from the Business Architecture Guild®. Though ArchiMate® has had a value mapping element since its inception, until now it does not have a value stream element. In this blog we propose to add a value stream element to ArchiMate in a way that supports approaches such as those described in the Value Stream Guide and the BIZBOK, is coherent with the language structure, and minimizes the impact on the rest of the language.




Powerful Analysis Techniques (7) – Risk, Security & Compliance Analyses

posted by Marc Lankhorst on Oct 19, 2017

In the final installment of this blog series, I want to address the domain of risk, security and compliance, an area of increasing importance for architects, process designers and others. As an example, in some previous blogs, I have already outlined the new EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and its impact. In one of my posts, I used a simple example of data classification and how you can use this to assess your application landscape.




HoriZZon: How to bring your EA practice to the next level with our new portal

posted by Peter Matthijssen on Sep 19, 2017

I am very excited to announce the new version of Enterprise Studio and an all new Web Portal. This release includes many new capabilities making our software suite more powerful than ever. Next to our excellent modeling, repository and analysis capabilities (top in the market according to Gartner*), our software suite now includes a state-of-the-art Portal. The visualization, analysis and collaboration capabilities enable a much wider range of stakeholders to gain insights across the enterprise, covering a broad range of transformation stakeholders. We proudly name our Portal HoriZZon.




Powerful Analysis Techniques (6) – Financial Analysis

posted by Marc Lankhorst on Sep 7, 2017

In my previous post, I discussed how you can analyze the business and technical value of your applications, and how architecture models are key in calculating metrics such as the business criticality or strategic value of applications. In this post, I want to focus on financial analyses, and in particular on cost models.




Powerful Analysis Techniques (5) – Business and Technical Value Analysis

posted by Marc Lankhorst on Aug 29, 2017

In the previous installment in this blog series, we looked into planning and analyzing change in the enterprise by linking the life cycles of elements such as applications and projects. But how do you decide what to do with, for example, your application landscape? Which applications need to be improved, re-platformed, functionally upgraded, or phased out?




The Business Architect’s Toolbox: Information Mapping

posted by Marc Lankhorst & Tim Vehof on Aug 22, 2017

Business Blueprints are an essential instrument in every business architect’s toolbox. The Guide to the Business Architecture Body of Knowledge (BIZBOK Guide®) defines four core business architecture domains: Value Streams, Capabilities, Organization and Information.




Powerful Analysis Techniques (4) – Lifecycle Analysis

posted by Marc Lankhorst on Aug 16, 2017

Next to this analysis of the enterprise as it is today, addressed in the previous blog posts, we can also plan, design and analyze change in and of the enterprise. To this end, you can give anything in your architecture model a lifecycle. The specific stages in those lifecycles can be defined depending on the types of objects you model.




The Business Architect’s Toolbox: Organization Mapping

posted by Marc Lankhorst & Tim Vehof on Aug 10, 2017

As discussed in the introduction of this blog series, the maturation of the business architecture discipline makes the role of model-based support for design, analysis and decision-making increasingly important. Therefore, we introduced you to several useful techniques for business architecture modeling and how they are supported by BiZZdesign Enterprise Studio. In this blog, we will discuss an approach to modeling a blueprint of one of the core domains of business architecture: Organization Mapping.