Business Architecture Guild Announces the Winner of the First Business Architecture Guild Case Study Award

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The Business Architecture Guild is pleased to announce the winner of the First Business Architecture Guild, Case Study Award.

All the case studies truly exemplified how business architecture can be used to solve business problems and deliver business value to an organization.

Mr. Navid Kheradmand, of the Alberta Gaming and Liquor Commission, was presented with the award at the 4th Annual Business Architecture Innovation Summit. The Summit was held this past March in Reston, Virginia. Alberta Gaming and Liquor Commission was selected from among 5 finalists. The finalists represented several industries including government, healthcare, manufacturing, financial services, and retail. Each finalist had the opportunity to present their case studies at the Summit.

In addition to the Alberta Gaming and Liquor Commission, finalists presenting case studies included Consumers Energy, Credit Suisse Group, HealthTrust, and VF Corporation. These presentations are now available on the Public Resources page of the Business Architecture Guild website.

Here is what Mr. Kheradmand had to say about his award.

"Attending the Summit and participating in the case study panel has been an invaluable experience for me. I would like to thank the Business Architecture Guild for this award and for facilitating a great networking opportunity to meet and learn from business architecture practitioners and thought leaders across different industries. It is intriguing to see such high caliber works and to see how much the Guild has matured in just over five years. The body of knowledge* we are creating is foundational to applying innovative approaches to tackle the challenges that our organizations are facing. This award is truly an achievement for the business architecture community and I am proud to be a part of that."

*The Business Architecture Guild produces A Guide to the Business Architecture Body of Knowledge® (BIZBOK® Guide) in a series of iterative stages to incorporate practice-based experience and expertise of Guild members who represent a large and growing community of practice. Each release builds upon previous releases, expanding the breadth of practice and depth of content. This community of practice represents hundreds of organizations, in multiple industries, across six continents.

Much of the success of the Guild is due to the active participation and collaboration among Guild members. The catalyst for the case study award arose out discussions that occurred at the Third Annual Business Architecture Innovation Summit in 2015. Members observed that as the field of business architecture is maturing, more and more success stories are emerging. Longtime member, Cheryl Timko of Merck took the lead on seeking out some of these great success stories. Cheryl presented ideas for collecting case studies in a member blog. Through the blog, known to members as “The Staging Zone”, the general membership of the Guild can weigh in on potential initiatives by making suggestions, showing their support or volunteering.

Cheryl received immediate support from the membership and the case study team quickly formed. Guild Board Director Janice Lewis of Pfizer and others came up with the idea that there should be a case study award. Over the past year, the team worked to discover and select success stories and consolidate these stories into relatable case studies. Their hard work paid off with this year’s award presentation. The Guild hopes that this first award represents the beginning an annual tradition for recognizing the remarkable gains organizations large and small across many vertical industries and regions in leveraging the real value of business architecture and related best practices.

According to Ms. Timko,

"This year at the Business Architecture Innovation Summit, I had the opportunity to facilitate the first annual Business Architecture Case Study Awards. All the case studies truly exemplified how business architecture can be used to solve business problems and deliver business value to an organization. As a practitioner, I learned many new and innovative ways to apply business architecture, as well as how communicate the value achieved. I look forward to continuing to read business architecture success stories throughout the year!”
Cheryl Timko, Associate Director, Continuous Improvement at Merck

The Business Architecture Guild holds workshops through the year and will be holding its next Innovation Summit in Reston, Virginia in March, 2017.

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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