Business Architect

Summary

A business architect uses their knowledge and experience to understand business scenarios, communicate the issues and recommend next steps. They support and guide other business architects.

At this role level, you will:

support executive level work and management of the business architecture practice

guide others in using appropriate business architectural tools and methods

understand and apply business architectural principles, techniques, and tools to business scenarios

create business architecture artefacts, including abstract representations of the organisation, knowing when to apply them

develop standard and scalable models to collect, aggregate, or disaggregate complex information

Work Activity Components

Title Details
Environmental scanning (Level 5) Maintains an awareness of current and emerging digital information and communications technologies, processes and methods. Identifies and evaluates potential opportunities to establish relevance and feasibility for inclusion in strategy formulation.
Strategy formulation (Level 5) Creates, manages and maintains a business operating model that includes information, organisational, process, performance, people skills, economic and systems architecture.

Behavioural Skills

Title Details
Information Acquisition Identifying gaps in the available information required to understand a problem or situation and devising a means of resolving them.
Interacting with People Establishing relationships, contributing to an open culture and maintaining contacts with people from a variety of backgrounds and disciplines. Effective, approachable and sensitive communicator in different communities and cultures. Ability to adapt style and approach to meet the needs of different audiences.
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. Familiar with
Cloud/Virtualisation The principles and application of cloud/ virtualisation (including ownership, responsibilities and security implications). Use of tools and systems to manage virtualised environments. Familiar with
Operational/Service Architecture Knowledge of the IT/IS infrastructure and the IT applications and service processes used within own organisation, including those associated with sustainability and efficiency. Aware of
Big Data The discipline associated with data sets so large and/or complex that traditional data processing applications are inadequate. The data files may include structured, unstructured and/or semi-structured data, such as unstructured text, audio, video, etc. Challenges include analysis, capture, curation, search, sharing, storage, transfer, manipulation, analysis, visualization and information privacy. 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. Proficient in
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. Familiar with
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. Familiar with
Techniques for Effective Meetings Methods and techniques for running effective meetings and for understanding and influencing the roles played by participants. Familiar with
Coaching Techniques Methods and techniques for coaching individuals or groups by a balanced combination of support and direction, including use of virtual learning environments plus add-ons to augment feedback specific to work items, workflow or career plans. Familiar with

Training

Title Details
Strategic Planning for Information and Communications Systems The process of defining the ICT strategic plan of an organisation in a methodical way based on business aims and objectives thereby enabling the specification of options and associated action plans for the use of IT-enabled business processes.
Financial Planning and Budgeting Principles, regulations, procedures and tools for the financial management of both ongoing activities (business as usual) and time-bounded (project) activities.
Coaching Concepts, methods and techniques for providing coaching in subject specialisms to individuals or groups (e.g. GROW model).
Requirements Definition Requirements elicitation, analysis, validation, documentation and management techniques to identify and define requirements relevant to a change initiative or project.
Organisation Design The process and the outcome of shaping an organisational structure, with the purpose of aligning it with the purpose of the business and the context in which the organisation exists.
Enterprise Architecture The discipline that: defines, organises, standardises, and documents the whole architecture and all important elements of the respective organisation. Enterprise architecture covers all relevant domains, such as business, digital, physical, or organisational; and the relations and interactions between elements that belong to those domains, such as processes, functions, applications, events, data, or technologies.
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.

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
Mentoring Acting as a mentor, advising those for whom there is no direct responsibility, on matters to do with their job role, career and professional development. Broadening Activities
Gaining Knowledge of Broader IT Issues Increasing and maintaining currency of knowledge of broader IT issues through reading, attending and participating in seminars or conferences, special studies, temporary assignments etc. Increasing Knowledge
Gaining Strategic Knowledge of Employing Organisation Developing a comprehensive understanding of the business environment in which the employing organisation operates and its position, policies and direction in relation to industry, country and global issues. 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
Team Leadership Undertaking learning and practice of the skills required to lead teams, including motivation, direction, coaching, delegation, appraisal, counselling and developing 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.

Practitioner Business architecture

You can: apply and develop business architecture frameworks, principles and techniques in your organisation advise and guide the organisation to inform the implementation of its strategy share the value of business architecture with the organisation produce clear multidimensional views of your organisation to support decision making

Government Digital and Data Profession Capability Framework

Communicating information

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

Expert Communicating information

You can: mediate between people and mend relationships, communicating with stakeholders at all levels manage stakeholder expectations and host or moderate discussions about high risk and complexity, even within constrained timescales speak on behalf of and represent the community to large audiences inside and outside of government

Government Digital and Data Profession Capability Framework

Consultancy

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.

Practitioner Consultancy

You can: provide advice and recommendations to stakeholders based on your significant specialist knowledge and experience lead the definition of guidance and inform how the organisation approaches delivery

Government Digital and Data Profession Capability Framework

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.

Practitioner Making and guiding decisions

You can: make decisions characterised by medium levels of risk and complexity, and recommend decisions as risk and complexity increase build consensus between services or independent stakeholders

Government Digital and Data Profession Capability Framework

Methods and tools

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

Practitioner Methods and tools

You can: build capability in methods and tools, ensuring they are adopted consistently and used effectively

Government Digital and Data Profession Capability Framework

Stakeholder relationship management

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

Practitioner Stakeholder relationship management

You can: influence stakeholders and manage relationships effectively build long-term strategic relationships and communicate clearly and regularly with stakeholders

Government Digital and Data Profession Capability Framework

Strategic design and business change

Applied mathematics and statistics involves applying analytical methods including exploratory data analysis, visualisation and statistical testing to help make accurate recommendations.

Practitioner Strategic design and business change

You can: demonstrate a good understanding of business issues, events and activities, and their short to long term impact support defining principles, patterns, standards, policies, roadmaps and vision statements effectively focus on outcomes rather than solutions help to develop, maintain or update strategy in response to feedback and findings

Government Digital and Data Profession Capability Framework

Strategic thinking

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

Practitioner Strategic thinking

You can: define strategies and policies, providing guidance to others on working in the strategic context evaluate current strategies to ensure business requirements are being met and exceeded where possible

Qualification Components

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

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