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StraightTalk is a professional business blog on a mission to explain business architecture, end-to-end, with the goal of helping to advance the discipline globally through shared knowledge. It's like your personal guide through the world of business architecture — delivered twice monthly.

BFF: Business Architecture + IT Architecture, Part 1

(a.k.a. How Business Architecture Fits Within the Context of Enterprise Architecture)

By Whynde Kuehn | 16 October 2017

We’ve been very business-focused in our StraightTalk so far—and intentionally so. But a business architect always has a foot in two different worlds: one as part of the business and the other as part of the enterprise architecture team. P.S. Remember our formula for one happy family from StraightTalk Post No. 1: Enterprise Architecture = […]

A Map of the World, Part 2

(a.k.a. Back to School: Mapping the Extended Business Architecture)

By Whynde Kuehn | 2 October 2017

Back to business architecture school one more time. In Post No. 12, we talked about how to map out (a.k.a write down) the “core” business architecture that included capabilities, value streams, organization and information. Here in No. 13, we’re going to talk about mapping the “extended” business architecture domains. Here’s that famous diagram again, this time […]

A Map of the World, Part 1

(a.k.a. Back to School: Mapping the Core Business Architecture Foundation)

By Whynde Kuehn | 18 September 2017

Okay, time to go back to business architecture school. Having our business architecture written down is at the heart of us being able to do cool stuff with it, so we better talk a little more about mapping it out. In No. 12 here, we’re going to talk about the “core” business architecture domains. That […]

Business Architecture In Action For Mergers & Acquisitions

(a.k.a. How Business Architecture Helps Assess and Integrate Organizations During Mergers and Acquisitions)

By Whynde Kuehn | 4 September 2017

How business architecture helps to assess and integrate organizations during M&A. Here we go one more time looking at business architecture in action. This time we’re going to focus on how business architecture helps to assess and integrate organizations during mergers and acquisitions. Remind me what that is again. Simply stated, a merger is when two […]

Business Architecture In Action For Investment Decisions

(a.k.a. How Business Architecture Facilitates Decision-Making for Project and Application Portfolio Management)

By Whynde Kuehn | 21 August 2017

How business architecture helps with analysis, rationalization and decision-making Keeping with our theme of business architecture in action, this post focuses on how business architecture helps with analysis, rationalization and decision-making related to project investments (a.k.a. project portfolio management) and system applications (a.k.a application rationalization and application portfolio management). We’re going to blend a couple […]

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