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Business Architecture: The Art and Practice of Business Transformation Paperback – October 31, 2010
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The first chapter lays out the case for business architecture, and my one criticism is that the first chapter could be a bit more concise. But don't get discouraged, and don't give up because the next five chapters are filled with valuable, practical advise on how to organize and apply business architecture to affect business transformation. Each chapter is riddled with anecdotes from real business scenarios and real projects that drive the points home. And all of it is not just accessible to the business reader, but explicitly targeted to relate to their issues, challenges and perspective.
If you're a business leader, you need to read this book to understand the value business architecture can bring to your organization and how best to take advantage of it. If you're a business architect, you need to read this book to understand how to explain what you do and its value to the business. The book has purposely been kept short so that busy executives can consume it, and while it's not a 'how-to' guide for business architect practitioners, it has plenty of advice on best practices and industry trends. Add this to your bookshelf, and while you're at it, get a copy for your business leader.
The book is written very well, focuses on the business and not IT (a pitfall of many other books on the subject), and provides a variety of ways to think about business architecture and implement it. It's clear that the author writes from a variety of experiences and not from unfounded theory. But more importantly, the book provided me with the answers I sought which was how to model the business in more effective ways to help develop a business road-map which in turn can be leveraged by IT to create an IT road-map. This book is a must read for anyone in a position to make strategic decisions or implement projects that drive change.
However, I have two major issues with the book:
1) too much of the book is ranting about the deficiencies of IT. IT cannot talk to the business, IT does not understand business value etc etc. I feel like I am reading the works of a grumpy business architect who has a beef with IT because they hold the power and he is underappreciated.
2) the book is dedicated to 21st century corporations. However, most of today's very successful organizations don't even distinguish between IT and business architecture - they blend them in a way that no separate organizations are needed. For example, the book prescribes that even infrastructure projects need a business case. Do you think Netflix filed a business case for Chaos Monkey, Hystrix, and Mantis? For them IT is business and business is IT. If you argue that these are "technology companies" I remind that Netflix competes with video rentals (well, it used to) and media companies. Google is an advertising company, competing with traditional media companies.There is a lot of business in there!
A minor issue is the relatively poor print quality -- the pictures look worse than an old laser printer and are often difficult to read. I assume this is a print-on-demand setup, but nowadays those can also produce professional quality prints.
All in all, such an important topic deserves a much more in-depth treatment that presents solutions, not just rants about problems.
Disclaimer: I am an IT architect
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