The Role of the Business Architect in 2013

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A recent Accelare survey of Business Architects show that the role is expanding rapidly. The number of business architects working in business functions, their involvement in strategy development, their focus on transformation and effectiveness, and the amount of time they spend with business executives all validate a growing influence and acceptance of the role.

Over 80% of Business Architects say that they are playing an active role in the strategy formulation or strategy execution alignment process.

Based on a Fall, 2013 survey by Jeff Scott and Greg Suddreth of practicing Business Architects shows that business architecture is crossing the IT/business Rubicon to become a true business function.

Business architecture began its life as a core element of the enterprise architecture model. The early practitioners were largely IT enterprise architects. Today, business architecture is rapidly becoming a business focused and business managed initiative.

As a result, business architects have shifted their focus from technology and efficiency to strategy and business effectiveness. They are spending a significant amount of their time with business leaders and working on broad organization-spanning initiatives. Most encouraging of all, business architects see themselves in a more active role as change agents, not just designers of change. There are still significant challenges ahead but the direction seems clear and momentum is growing.

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