Business Architecture Guild Releases: A Guide to the Business Architecture Body of Knowledge™ (BIZBOK® Guide) Version 4.

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The Business Architecture Guild is pleased to announce the release of A Guide to the Business Architecture Body of Knowledge™ (BIZBOK® Guide) Version 4.1. Business architecture is being used by a variety of industries worldwide to deliver actionable results within the context of a wide range of business scenarios.

Version 4.1 includes a number of new sections as well as refinements. The Guild introduces new sections as a means of establishing a framework that enables practitioners to evolve concepts and incorporate best practices into the BIZBOK® Guide. New sections in Version 4.1 include:

  • Policy Mapping: Enables a wide range of business scenarios including regulatory compliance, internal and external audit, regulatory oversight and change management.
  • The Role of the Business Architect: This section leverages the Guild’s Competency Model and provides a framework for expanded focus on the role of the business architect.
  • Business Architecture and the Systems Development Lifecycle: Business architecture is not a part of the lifecycle that delivers automated systems, but it provides the lens through which businesses can improve strategic IT planning, investments and governance.
  • Business Architecture and Solution Architecture: This section frames how business architecture is used to inform and improve solution architecture in automation delivery.

In addition, a significant number of capability, value and related mapping examples have been improved and certain sections were realigned for clarity, including Business Architecture and Requirements Alignment and Business Architecture Infrastructure Management (Part 5).

As the evolution of the practice accelerates, the number and depth of member teams contributing content continues to grow. According to Alex Randell, “The Guild now has a dozen teams developing webinar content, white papers and BIZBOK® Guide content. This enables best practices to be captured from businesses around the globe and formalized in structured framework.” Alex chairs the Collaborative Leadership Team, the Guild governing body of collaborative member teams that develop and evolve business architecture content on an ongoing basis.

According to Whynde Kuehn, Guild Cofounder, Chair of the Editorial Board and STA Group Practice Director “Member working teams not only improve the content being delivered by the Guild in accordance with our mission, but ensure that best practices are vetted and reinforced through rigorous peer review. Teams often begin by developing a white paper or presentation to work out ideas. As ideas come to fruition, content is then transferred into the BIZBOK®."

The Business Architecture Guild generally releases two versions of the BIZBOK® Guide per year, with Version 4.1 coming on the heels of the recently released Version 4.0. BIZBOK® Guide Version 4.0 advanced interdisciplinary alignment between business architecture and BPM and business architecture and business requirements analysis. Version 4.0 also introduced a new business architecture metamodel, which is being refined by a multidisciplinary team and targeted as the basis for a business architecture standard.

BIZBOK® Guide Version 4.5 is currently planned for release date in Q2 2015.

About the Business Architecture Guild
The primary purpose of the Business Architecture Guild is “to promote best practices and expand the knowledgebase of the business architecture discipline.” The Guild is an international, not-for-profit, member-based organization that provides valuable resources to business architecture practitioners and others interested in the field. The Business Architecture Guild is the source of “A Guide to the Business Architecture Body of Knowledge™ (BIZBOK® Guide)”, produced and managed by members of the Business Architecture Guild.

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