Associate Business Architect


An associate business architect uses their knowledge and experience to address business scenarios. They continue to get support and training for their role.

At this role level, you will:

apply architectural methods following direction and wider strategy to produce outputs

break down complexity and produce clear outputs

explain complex business problems using clear language and artefacts

bring together disconnected information to inform decision making

recognise issues that cut across different areas of the organisation and present opportunities for improvement

Behavioural Skills

Title Details
Verbal Expression Communicating effectively using the spoken word.
Written Expression Communicating effectively in writing, such as reports and via emails.
Organisational Awareness Understanding the hierarchy and culture of own, customer, supplier and partner organisations and being able to identify the decision makers and influencers.

Technical Skills

Title Details Depth
National/International Standards Current and emerging standards associated with IT practice nationally and internationally, published by authorities such as IEEE, IEC, BSI, ISO. Aware of
Cloud/Virtualisation The principles and application of cloud/ virtualisation (including ownership, responsibilities and security implications). Use of tools and systems to manage virtualised environments. Aware of

Other Skills

Title Details Depth
Process Improvement Techniques Methods, tools and techniques to analyse and optimise processes in order to improve the quality of a product or service. Familiar with
Presentation Techniques Methods and techniques for delivering effective and accessible presentations, either face-to-face or online within various contexts and to a variety of audiences. Aware of
Business Proposals Methods and techniques for preparing and presenting business cases, requests for proposal (RFP) invitations to tender (ITT) and statements of requirements/work both verbally and in writing. Aware of
Techniques for Effective Meetings Methods and techniques for running effective meetings and for understanding and influencing the roles played by participants. Aware of


Title Details
Security Awareness Tools and techniques to help users and employees understand the role they play in helping to combat information security breaches and for IT and security professionals to prevent and mitigate risk.
Requirements Definition Requirements elicitation, analysis, validation, documentation and management techniques to identify and define requirements relevant to a change initiative or project.

Professional Development Activity (PDA)

Title Details PDA Group
Deputising Standing in for supervisor or manager on a temporary basis during periods of absence. Broadening Activities
Job Shadowing and Special Assignments Undertaking temporary periods or secondments in other roles, inside or outside IT, particularly those that offer a new perspective on own function or exposure to other environments and cultures. Broadening Activities
Gaining Knowledge of Activities of Employing Organisation Developing an understanding of the potentially diverse range of activities (service, governance, administrative, regulatory, commercial, charitable, industrial, etc.) undertaken by the employing organisation. Increasing Knowledge
Gaining Knowledge of IT Concepts and Techniques Undertaking study, learning and, where possible, practice in IT concepts and techniques external to own function. Increasing Knowledge
Participation in Professional Body Affairs Taking an active part in professional body affairs at branch, specialist group, committee or board level. Participation in Professional Activities
Negotiating and Influencing Undertaking learning and practice of negotiating with and influencing others. Developing Professional Skills

Organisational Skill Name and Description

Framework Skill Level
Government Digital and Data Profession Capability Framework

Business architecture

Business analysis involves understanding the business needs and translating those requirements into solutions through detailed analysis and feedback.

Working Business architecture

You can: help support the adoption of business architecture clearly communicate business architecture frameworks, principles, and techniques support the production of a multidimensional view of your organisation assess the impact of strategies on the organisation, highlighting risks and issues

Government Digital and Data Profession Capability Framework

Communicating information

Communication involves conveying information using the most effective medium and language for the audience.

Practitioner Communicating information

You can: work collaboratively in a group and build relationships with others identify issues through Agile 'health checks' and work with others to address them manage stakeholder expectations be flexible and capable of proactive and reactive communication host or moderate difficult discussions within the team or with senior stakeholders

Government Digital and Data Profession Capability Framework


Collaboration in the DDaT Profession typically involves working in a multidisciplinary project team, and contributing to working groups and wider professional communities. It requires a broad understanding of the technologies, principles and perspectives of related professions.

Working Consultancy

You can: provide advice, guidance and recommendations based on your specialist knowledge and experience propose methodologies to follow and approaches to implementation frame problems so they can easily be understood, and troubleshoot where required, to support the business in operating more effectively

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Making and guiding decisions

Process optimisation involves ensuring your processes are accurately defined and capture the most efficient way to complete a task by monitoring modified procedures.

Working Making and guiding decisions

You can: make decisions characterised by managed levels of risk and complexity, and recommend decisions as risk and complexity increase resolve technical disputes between wider peers and indirect stakeholders, considering all views and opinions

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Methods and tools

Metadata management involves establishing policies and processes that ensure data can be accessed across an organisation.

Working Methods and tools

You can: select and use the most appropriate tools and techniques to support the planning, analysis, development, testing, implementation and improvement of systems and services within a project

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Stakeholder relationship management

Stakeholder relationship management involves managing stakeholder requirements and communications throughout a project, while remaining focused on the user needs.

Working Stakeholder relationship management

You can: identify important stakeholders and communicate with them clearly and regularly tailor communication to stakeholders' needs and work with them to build relationships, while also meeting user needs build and reach consensus work to improve stakeholder relationships, using evidence to explain decisions made

Government Digital and Data Profession Capability Framework

Strategic thinking

Strategy involves creating a plan to achieve a team or organisation's objectives.

Working Strategic thinking

You can: work within a strategic context and communicate how activities meet strategic goals contribute to the development of strategy and policies

Qualification Components

Title Awarding Bodies
FEDIP Practitioner The Federation for Informatics Professionals
TOGAF Certification Portfolio (4 certificates) The Open Group

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