What have you discovered about systems or processes in your current organization that would help define the Business Architecture? WHAT ARE THEY AND HOW WOULD THEY HELP WITH YOUR DEVELOPMENT OF A BUSINESS ARCHITECTURE?
As I worked through the readings this week, Enterprise Architecture began to make sense. This year I have served on a WASC committee with 5 other teachers from my district, working to prepare the report to be given to the WASC inspectors. My section has been "Organization", which essentially is an overview of much of the business architecture. There were many components that WASC asked about that I had to dig for, and almost every section asked "how is this contributing to student learning". Having that background, I was able to understand the work flows that the readings talked about, except this goes much deeper than WASC, into the actual business that goes on far from the classroom.
This has given me a lot of appreciation to what a machine the education system really is. There are so many people behind the scenes, working to make sure buses follow schedules, food makes it on time, facilities are maintained, information is being entered and available, it is really incredible. It reminded me that my grandmother worked at a school district office as her part time career in the 70s and 80s. She was actually a payroll clerk, in the days of carbon copy paper and continuous form paper. The BIBOK reading made an interesting point that Business Architecture needs do not change much. The four components that comprise the foundation of Business Architecture (organization, capability, value, and information), "are relatively stable compared to other aspects of the business. For example, a one hundred year old insurance company would have had similar capabilities as it does today"(BIZBOK, pg2).
A Guide to the Business Architecture Body of Knowledge™ (BIZBOK™ Guide) Version 3.5. (2013, January 1). Retrieved February 15, 2015, from http://www2.mitre.org/public/eabok/pdf/BIZBOK-V3.5-Part1-Introduction.pdf