Cross-functional Excellence of a Business Architect
In today's complex
driven by knowledge and
cross-functionally excellent business architects are in growing demand.
By building your cross-functional excellence, you'll be able to
tie several silos of business development expertise together,
lead people who will put
their plans into action, and ultimately build a winning
task of a business architect, you'll need to possess the following
thinking. Able to see and understand:
The context of the
The big picture
Beyond the obvious.
connections between situations that are not obviously related.
Key or underlying
issues in complex situations
Integrated Approach To the
business systems approach
to business development and the management process is what distinguishes
modern cross-functionally excellent business architects from functional
As a business architect and an
extremely effective leader, you must have a broad view to be able to link
– the key components of corporate success – from functional planning to
cross-functional cooperation, from
supply chain management to
customer value creation,
from the art of
to the practice of
influencing people – and bundle them in an intellectual, innovative and
pragmatic package that can be used to achieve
sustainable competitive advantage
and business growth, both
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To fulfil these responsibilities, a Business Architect
typically should have broad
and be able to build business synergies.
Systems Thinking and Modern Management
"Many managers fail to see
the forest for the trees. This is not an either/or problem. The trick is to
see both the forest and the trees. Systems thinking is a methodology for
doing both simultaneously. It's more than a methodology, it's like learning
a new language and takes nearly as long as learning a foreign language to
achieve maturity," says Jim Botkin, the author of Smart Business.
The goal of
systems thinking is to
manage the rapidly growing complexity of the worlds of business and
technology. The task of a business architect
process manager is to create systems, within a sensibly structured
and enables people to achieve higher productivity and greater
Systems thinking characterizes many of the
world's leading executives. It is
a formal discipline of management science that deals with
the whole business system and
in terms of the interconnections and interactions of its parts.
Balancing Your Business System
If your business is in flames, stop what you
take a bird's-eye view of your business. Drop any misconceptions you may
have as to what you should be doing, and then re-balance your business.
As you regain the balance in your business, you will regain control.
A business is more than finance.
Performance measures need to be
aligned with the
considers business as system of interrelated factors of
owners, investors, management,
IT Architect: Modern
IT Leader: New Roles of a CIO
Modern ICT-powered Value Chain
IT architects are in growing demand. They
are cross-functionally excellent people who can "tie several silos of
expertise together," relate to
as well as technology, and then sell their ideas upward and downward in the