Business Architecture Training
Our Business Architecture Boot Camp provides a perfect foundation to sit for the Certified Business Architect (CBA)® exam. The Boot Camp includes Courses 1-5 and is offered during our public events as well as to in-house teams.
Business Architecture Associates offers a series of in-house business architecture training courses. All courses are one day in duration, with certain recommended prerequisite courses. The basic core curriculum is typically selected as a starter set while businesses may pick and choose from various specialty courses. All courses are one day in duration unless otherwise specified.
“The BAA business architecture training greatly helped me in obtaining my Certified Business Architect® certification. The knowledge I gained during the courses came flowing back to me as I took the exam. I also found the training materials to be useful during my studies. I would recommend that other business architecture practitioners take the exam as soon as they can while the information from training is still fresh.”
– Maile M.
This course covers the basics of business architecture practice setup, establishing value proposition and governance, blueprint creation and interdisciplinary alignment. It provides a comprehensive overview of the business architecture discipline and lays the foundation for the rest of the courses. Attendees of this course will have gained an extensive cross-section of business architecture knowledge and be prepared to move on to advanced courses focused on each of these areas.
This course delivers a comprehensive, industry-proven approach to building the business architecture foundation. The course focuses on capability, value, organization and information mapping. Examples and exercises presented in this course are drawn from real-world case studies across a number of industries. When you have completed this course you will have gone through the basic steps to establishing your foundational business architecture, which includes a capability map, value streams, organizational map, information map and related hybrid blueprints. The course also offers a snapshot of what would be done to extend the business architecture baseline and discusses how to get started.
It takes one set of skills to establish a business architecture but takes another set of skills to leverage business architecture to deliver actionable results. This course focuses on practice-based business architecture concepts and skills, from strategy through initiative definition and deployment. Attendees will learn how to exercise and integrate strategic planning, business model innovation, business design concepts and product planning. In addition, the course puts a context on business architecture and business process management, case management and requirements definition. Attendees will take be able to see the end-to-end perspective of practicing business architecture.
Extending the Business Architecture: An Introduction
Where there is no blueprint of a business, there is no corresponding blueprint of how the business benefits from IT investments and solutions. As a result, it is difficult to determine the impact of key decisions, deploy cross-functional initiatives, optimize key resources and funding, and streamline communication and deployments between business and IT. This course provides attendees with the ability to leverage business architecture to maximize IT investments. With a robust business architecture as a baseline, this course leverages the Business / IT Architecture Transformation Framework™ and its systematic approach to business-driven, IT architecture transformation. Attendees will reassess how they pursue IT planning, investments and solution delivery in ways that are practical and insightful.
Once the value of business architecture is demonstrated within an organization, the next step is to formally establish the practice and role within the organization. This course describes how to establish and mature all aspects of a business architecture practice such as defining value proposition and measuring value, creating a roadmap for the practice, defining governance, selecting tools and defining organizational structures. It also covers critical success factors and common challenges. This course is beneficial for anyone who is just starting to establish a business architecture practice within their organization or for those who are already on the journey. Attendees will learn a practical approach to building, socializing and scaling a business architecture practice, and will use templates and approaches that can be applied to jumpstart their own practices.
Once the foundational knowledge and skills have been attained from other business architecture courses, they can be put within the context for practical application. This course provides an end-to-end methodology for applying business architecture in various scenarios. It describes key activities to be performed as well as the inputs, outputs, and roles involved with each. This course provides scenario-based case studies and an opportunity for hands-on application. It also provides tips for creating a business architecture playbook to ensure consistency. Attendees will gain hands-on experience and ideas for how to fully leverage business architecture within their organizations.
Engages attendees with in-depth, capability mapping sessions. The main deliverable is a high-level capability map aligned to the business model for a given business, along with definitions for selected capabilities. Deliverables provide a robust starting point for a business architecture practice. At the end of the sessions, the team will have created a level 1 / level 2 capability map, with related definitions for their business. The session focuses on unique capabilities for a given business and, therefore, requires knowledge of the business model at hand. This workshop is only offered in-house. All attendees must have attended BAA Course 2 or another educational pre-requisite combined with the workshop.
Engages the team in in-depth value stream mapping sessions. The main deliverable is a set of value streams aligned to the business model for a given business, with selected drill-down on a given subset of value streams. Deliverables provide an excellent starting point for an in-house, business architecture practice. At the end of the sessions, the team will have mapped out selected externally and internally triggered value streams and related content. In addition, attendees will more fully articulate a subset of these value streams. This workshop is only offered in-house. All attendees must have attended BAA Course 2 or another educational pre-requisite combined with the workshop.
Engages attendees in a review of their current capability map against industry principles and best practices, hands-on rework and/or expansion of the capability map and confirmation of next steps for finalization and rollout. The results ensure a robust and industry-aligned foundation for an organization’s business architecture. This workshop is also beneficial in organizations where multiple competing capability maps exist but need to be reconciled into one enterprise view.
The existing capability map should be provided in advance for BAA review. This session focuses on unique capabilities for a given business and, therefore, requires knowledge of the business model at hand. This workshop is only offered in-house. All attendees must have attended BAA Course 2 or another educational pre-requisite combined with the workshop.
Engages attendees in a review of their current value streams against industry principles and best practices, hands-on rework and/or expansion of a core subset of value streams and confirmation of next steps for finalization and rollout. Also includes a sample capability cross-mapping exercise. The results ensure a robust and industry-aligned foundation for an organization’s business architecture.
The existing value streams should be provided in advance for BAA review. This workshop is only offered in-house. All attendees must have attended BAA Course 2 or another educational pre-requisite combined with the workshop.
The custom workshop option provides individual organizations with the ability to frame the agenda for an open workshop that will provide specific deliverable results for them. Topics vary widely but may include establishing or maturing a business architecture, engaging in end-to-end strategy-to-solution business scenarios, and framing and advising on a wide variety of business architecture topics.
This two-day interactive workshop provides the basics of facilitation—a complementary skill set to business architecture. Developing a business architecture requires work with teams to create, revise and get approval on objects and artifacts throughout the journey. And, in each one, the facilitator must be able to keep people engaged, elicit the necessary information, create shared understanding and get decisions made all while keeping them focused on the desired goal. This is not an easy task. In this workshop, attendees will learn to design purposeful meetings that are key to business architecture. They will have hands-on practice with powerful models and tools they can use in meetings for decision-making, issue resolution, keeping the team on-topic and engaged.
This one-day architecture workshop benefits business and enterprise architects and managers, ranging from novices to experts. The focus of the course is to provide an architectural overview that provides an understanding of the “big picture” and how their architectural efforts fit into that context. The workshop explores the traditional enterprise architectural domain of business, information, application, and technology, spending time to clarify the relationships between business, enterprise, and IT architectures. It also covers changes needed for architecture to be relevant in the new digital economy, including performance, service, integration and security, to provide a detailed, holistic view of all the pieces, what they are, and how they fit together.
This one-day digital transformation overview workshop benefits architects, practitioners, managers, planners, and leaders ranging from novices to experts. The workshop demystifies digital transformation, providing an introduction to a wide range of topics. The workshop overviews foundational concepts, the new digital ecosystem, experiential engagement, new business and operating models, the new Digital Business Platform, the important role of data and cognitive computing, and the opportunity for architecture to define a new platform and clarify strategies, decisions, and planning. While part of the course is structured around architectural domains, this course expands (not duplicates) the concepts presented in the “Business and Enterprise Architecture: BFF” course to the subject of digital transformation.
This one-day architecture immersion workshop benefits practitioners and managers ranging from novices to experts. The workshop demystifies the architecture discipline, providing an exploration of foundational, yet often misunderstood topics, focusing on the skills needed to be a great architect. Whether you’ve been an architect and want to sharpen your skills, you aspire to architecture, have just become an architect, or are unfortunate enough to manage architects, this activity-based workshop will provide practical principles, skills, and techniques for improving your job. The skills and fundamentals covered in the course are applicable to a wide range of architectural domains, especially business, enterprise, solution, and IT architecture.
The abbreviated executive training course provides a series of usage scenarios and vignettes for executives. The course focuses on value proposition and includes a discussion on strategic value and governance.
This 3.5-hour session provides an end-to-end snapshot of business architecture for those seeking to learn the discipline or associated parties interested in just understanding the basics, but not in practicing the discipline.
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