Does anyone else read Nick Malik's blog?
Assuming that “Architecture” can be generically defined as “the art and science of designing or constructing something” (adapted from here and here), then what exactly is Business Architecture?
Extending the generalized definition above, a Business Architect should be “someone concerned with the art and science of designing and constructing a business.” Note the verb: constructing. A business architect needs to be able to construct a business… from parts.
Reality check: How many people, with the title of business architect, are responsible for constructing a business?
Most present business architects are technologists, concerned primarily with the alignment of IT projects to business strategies. They may be planners or solution owners or process owners… but most work in IT departments of large organizations, often directly with the Enterprise Architecture function.
But if we take the view that a Business Architect is responsible for designing a business, or constructing it from constituent parts, then who should have the title of Business Architect? Should it be an IT person… or should it be a business person?
You can read the rest at http://blogs.msdn.com/nickmalik/archive/2009/03/05/is-it-time-to-cr...