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Tuesday, September 08, 2009

Business and Enterprise Architectures: Differences and Commonalities

Business architecture is a unifying structure that enables the execution of business strategies through initiatives to achieve business results. The business architecture could also be viewed as the relationships and connectivity among the various value streams and the inputs that feed these value steams, the processing centers that enable the value streams and the value realized.

Business architecture is only one component of enterprise architecture. In an enterprise there are business objectives, technology and infrastructure assets, organizational units, security concerns information handling and processing and various other components, each of which can be defined as a separate architecture and part of a defined framework.

The business architecture encompasses the business flows, activity models, use cases, user models, class models, node connectivity diagrams and business information exchange matrices. Business architectures usually reflect a baseline known as the AS-IS architecture and defines a future aspiration known as the TO-BE architecture.

Enterprise architectures explain all aspects of an enterprise; its data, business processes, infrastructure, technology and business

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