The main feature of Enterprise Business Architecture (EBA) is the representation of real aspects of a company. It is designed by an interdisciplinary project team that focuses on defining and analysing concerns of companies, by examining what they do, how they do it, how they are organized, and how values are realised.

EBA is used to design competitive structures and procedures, to leverage existing strengths and to identify investment opportunities that advance the business’s goals to push innovation. Business architecture’s the desired information is used to develop plans, make business decisions and facilitate implementations.

In practice, EBA efforts are carried out alone or as part of an enterprise architecture that focuses primarily on the digital motivated aspects of change. The Enterprise Business Architect helps organizations develop and implement an overarching framework for business and IT architecture.

The goal of an Enterprise Business Architect is therefore, to understand structures and principles, as well as the communication and business processes of a company. The aim is to find solutions that will enable a company to improve upon these structures, principles and processes. Optimized workflows, changes in organizational structure or solution-based approach of IT are particularly important for this. To this end, the EBA determines the needs and expectations of various individual people or teams (stakeholders) inside and outside the company.

In short EBA:

  • Allows for the identification and evaluation of KPIs to accelerate organizational performance
  • Develops processes, value flow maps, workflow diagrams, swim-lane diagrams, FMEAs, cause-and-effect diagrams and process documentation
  • It initiates improvement projects to improve processes, product and service flow

  • Creates process and technical documentation with appropriate levels of detail
  • Identifies business problems, develops root-cause analysis, and suggests performance enhancement areas

  • Determines and documents key performance indicators defined, implemented and monitored by each operational area to ensure the sustainability of the improvements

  • Incorporates training and training of the organization’s staff in the philosophy and process improvement techniques