At first, most people didn’t know what we meant by “business architecture.” And when they did, the fact that, while business architecture should be the responsibility of the business (doh!) the business didn’t seem to care, left us spinning our wheels. But now the ground is becoming firmer and we’re gaining some traction. The Business Architecture Guild and the Object Management Group share the credit for giving the discipline an underpinning of standards and concrete best practices for the modeling of an organization’s strategy, its value chains, its capability map, and its business processes.
In 2015, business architecture will still be mostly done by IT for the business – because even if the business doesn’t really want to do it, IT needs to understand the business in order to deploy the right systems. Leading enterprises will start doing business architecture as a matter of executive guidance outside of IT, but it will take longer to generalize the adoption at that level.
The message to CIOs: learn about this and get started. It will reinforce your credibility as a trusted adviser rather than just a suited technology pusher.
[Editor’s Note: This post is part of the annual “Cutter Predicts …” series.]