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Enterprise Architecture And The Business Analyst


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This is a presentation I made to the IIBA Vancouver chapter on the interaction of business analysts with our enterprise architecture practice.

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Enterprise Architecture And The Business Analyst

  1. 1. Enterprise Architecture and the Business Analyst<br />Leo de Sousa, Manager, Application Services and Enterprise ArchitectureBritish Columbia Institute of Technology<br />IIBA – Vancouver Chapter – November 30, 2007<br />
  2. 2. Enterprise Architecture and the Business Analyst<br />British Columbia Institute of Technology’s Strategic Vision <br />using EA and BA to deliver on our Strategic Vision <br />Enterprise Architecture – a Framework & a Practice<br />Enterprise Architecture and Business Analysis<br />Future Plans<br />Questions<br />???<br />Future<br />BA<br />EA<br />Vision<br />
  3. 3. BCIT’s Vision and Mission<br />Vision: BCIT will be Canada’s premier polytechnic institution.<br />Mission: To build pathways for career success in the global marketplace through teaching excellence and applied education and research<br />Size: Approximately 48,000 students are enrolled annually at BCIT.<br />???<br />Future<br />BA<br />EA<br />Vision<br />
  4. 4. BCIT – Experience it!<br />???<br />Future<br />BA<br />EA<br />Vision<br />
  5. 5. “Advance <br />Polytechnic <br />Education”<br />“Ensure Effective<br />Work Processes”<br />“Connect BCIT <br />to the World”<br />“Support Effective<br />Learning & <br />Teaching”<br />“Equip BCIT’s <br />Learning Spaces”<br />The Business <br />of BCIT<br />Best Teaching Practices<br />Applied <br />Research <br />Intelligent Learning Spaces<br />Collaboration & Connectivity<br />Strategic Goal Areas from TEK Vision<br />Enterprise Architecture<br />
  6. 6. BCIT – TEK Initiative<br />???<br />Future<br />BA<br />EA<br />Vision<br />
  7. 7. Leveraging BCIT’s Strategic Vision<br />???<br />Future<br />BA<br />EA<br />Vision<br />
  8. 8. Enterprise Architecture “a Framework & a Practice”<br />???<br />Future<br />BA<br />EA<br />Vision<br />
  9. 9. The Value of Enterprise Architecture <br />Enterprise Architecture (EA) is a strategic framework to provide guidance, consultation and approval of investments in people, process and technology that aligns to and supports Institutional Strategy and Vision.<br />The benefits of adopting EA at BCIT are :<br />???<br />Future<br />BA<br />EA<br />Vision<br />
  10. 10. Strategic Practice<br />???<br />Future<br />BA<br />EA<br />Vision<br />
  11. 11. Enterprise Architecture Roles @ BCIT<br />???<br />Future<br />BA<br />EA<br />Vision<br />
  12. 12. Enterprise Architecture Roles (cont …)<br />???<br />Future<br />BA<br />EA<br />Vision<br />
  13. 13. Integrating and Growing an EA Practice<br />Strategic Alignment<br />Architectural Fit<br />and Risk Mgmt<br />Tactical Alignment<br />???<br />Future<br />BA<br />EA<br />Vision<br />
  14. 14. Enterprise Architecture and BA<br />???<br />Future<br />BA<br />EA<br />Vision<br />
  15. 15. EA Roles in Governance<br />EA plays a role of influence in advising IT Governance groups at BCIT<br />Strategic and Tactical Governance groups receive:<br />EA advice on feasibility, risk, integration<br />EA advice based on vendor and peer partnerships <br />EA facilitates the technical reviews of technology initiatives<br />BA helps the EA by gathering and documenting requirements from the client’s perspective<br />???<br />Future<br />BA<br />EA<br />Vision<br />
  16. 16. Opportunistic<br />Innovative<br />Support<br />Program<br />Departmental<br />Control/Risk<br />IT<br />Program<br />Strategic Governance Model and EA Roles<br />Funding<br />Guidance<br />Program<br />Consult<br />Approval<br />Enterprise<br />Program = schools or departments<br />Institute = centrally governed<br />Institute<br />???<br />Future<br />BA<br />EA<br />Vision<br />
  17. 17. EA Guiding Principles<br />   <br />When deciding on architecture to implement, we will:<br />1    REUSE before ACQUIRE<br />2    ACQUIRE before CREATE<br />3    CREATE REUSABLE COMPONENTS<br />    <br />Definitions    <br />ACQUIRE     add new components to the architecture either COTS or OS/CS<br />COTS          Commercial Off the Shelf / Vendor Supplied<br />CREATE       add new components to the architecture by creating a new component<br />OS-CS        Open Source or Community Source<br />REUSE        leverage existing architecture components (cost savings in training, infrastructure, etc)<br />???<br />Future<br />BA<br />EA<br />Vision<br />
  18. 18. Enterprise Architecture Philosophy 100<br />EA 100 will apply the following tests as part of the EA review process:<br />Does the proposed solution adequately meet the clients’ needs?<br />Is the proposed solution fiscally responsible and sustainable?<br />If the above are true, when introducing new functions, features, or infrastructure, we will ALWAYS look at our current vendors and their products FIRST. This will:<br />Ensure we are making fiscally sound decisions<br />Allow us to leverage existing relationships and licenses<br />Manage complexity focusing on delivering solutions with known technology that has adequate staffing and support <br />Leverages native integration within existing vendors’ products, features and services<br />Prevent further dilution of IT Services staff skill sets<br />If we pass these tests, then we WILL license/implement that solution. <br />???<br />Future<br />BA<br />EA<br />Vision<br />
  19. 19. EA Taxonomy<br />Strategy and Policy<br />IT Service Management<br />Business<br />Application<br />Presentation<br />Data<br />Infrastructure<br />Service Delivery and Support<br />Security<br />???<br />Future<br />BA<br />EA<br />Vision<br />
  20. 20. EA Taxonomy – Layered View <br />Business Analysis<br />Presentation Layer<br />Business Layer<br />Application Layer<br />Data Layer<br />Infrastructure Layer<br />IT Service Management Service Delivery and Support<br />Strategy Policy and Security Layer<br />???<br />Future<br />BA<br />EA<br />Vision<br />
  21. 21. EA and BA Support IT Service Management<br />???<br />Future<br />BA<br />EA<br />Vision<br />
  22. 22. BA Role in helping IT Services Deliver Work<br />???<br />Future<br />BA<br />EA<br />Vision<br />
  23. 23. BA Works with Client to Articulate Request<br />???<br />Future<br />BA<br />EA<br />Vision<br />
  24. 24. BA Discovery Document used for Triage<br />???<br />Future<br />BA<br />EA<br />Vision<br />
  25. 25. BA Works with Client to Gather Requirements<br />???<br />Future<br />BA<br />EA<br />Vision<br />
  26. 26. BA Works with Solution Architect<br />???<br />Future<br />BA<br />EA<br />Vision<br />
  27. 27. BA Works with Project Manager<br />???<br />Future<br />BA<br />EA<br />Vision<br />
  28. 28. BA Works with Project Manager and Client<br />???<br />Future<br />BA<br />EA<br />Vision<br />
  29. 29. BCIT Enterprise Architecture Plan<br />EA Strategy continues to evolve in a three phased approach<br />???<br />Future<br />BA<br />EA<br />Vision<br />
  30. 30. IT Services EA Reference Model<br />Enterprise Data Dictionary<br />Technology<br />Services <br />Portfolio<br />Relies on Data<br />Application <br />Portfolio<br />Relies on Applications<br />Vendor List<br />Provides Infra<br />Relies on Infra<br />Configuration Management<br />Database (CMDB)<br />(infrastructure)<br />???<br />Future<br />BA<br />EA<br />Vision<br />
  31. 31. Enterprise Architecture aligns …<br />Learning&Teaching Technologies<br />BusinessTechnologies<br />People …<br />Process …<br />Enterprise<br />Architecture<br />Technology …<br />Research<br />Technologies<br />By using a framework containing disciplined strategies like EA and BA to align with the Institution’s Vision<br />???<br />Future<br />BA<br />EA<br />Vision<br />
  32. 32. Thank You!<br />Leo de SousaManager, Business Application Services and Enterprise Architecture<br />British Columbia Institute of<br />???<br />Future<br />BA<br />EA<br />Vision<br />