Who develops your business architecture for SOA?

Where do we find the analysts required to develop business architecture and transform business models needed develop aligned SOA solutions? Ramsay Millar discusses his research.

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The third phase of innovation, known as early majority, for business architecture and SOA is beginning.

Recently, I read white papers on business architecture, BPM, business rules and SOA.  As one of the judges for the Annual BPM Excellence Awards, I reviewed a large number of submissions from leading organizations worldwide. Every year, international winners are chosen and a book is published containing the papers of both winners and finalists. Last year's papers were published in Delivering BPM Excellence.

Following my review, I was left with a strong impression of the rapid growth towards transforming business models using business architecture and SOA. These diverse papers demonstrated a growing success well supported by a reputable body of consultants, best practices and tools which have risen to the challenge.

As the market, always searching for cost savings and increased revenues, realizes the stunning ROI and business benefits, we may have a new problem. Where do we find the analysts required to develop business architecture and transform the business models needed to develop aligned SOA solutions?

Who will help us to transform outmoded business models and move us toward effective service-centered business models that use customer driven business processes, Agile business rules, operational metrics and business intelligence? I predict a rapidly growing shortage of skills in this field.

Recently, I attended the international Building Business Capability  (BBC 2011) conference. The conference is designed to help senior practitioners learn about innovative, state-of-the-art techniques from world-class practitioners. The BBC 2011 conference nearly doubled in attendance despite difficult economic times.

Those who attended BBC 2011 are the people who articulate, model and transform our organizations. They are the silent and humble business analysts who, every year, find many millions of dollars of revenue opportunities and operational savings. They are the quiet strategists, thinkers and analytical people who work for smart organizations that get it.

The BBC 2011 conference is an excellent conference since it combines four best practices into one week, as follows:

  • The Business Analysis Forum - The official conference of International Institute of Business Analysis (IIBA). A cross-specialty conference for all aspects of business analysis chaired by Kathleen Barrett, president of the IIBA.
  • The Business Rules Forum - Dedicated to business rules and decisioning. Focused on how organizations can come to grips with rapid change, massive customization and compliance in a truly scalable, traceable, manageable manner, chaired by Gladys Lam and Ronald Ross, Business Rules Solutions.
  • The Business Process Forum - Focused on the bottom line issue of enhancing the capability of process practitioners and business managers to better deliver improved business performance chaired by Roger Burlton, BP Trends.
  • Business Architecture Forum - Business Architecture, Business Analysis, Business Processes and Business Rules figure prominently in the Business Architecture forum, co-chaired by the three amigos John Zachman, Zachman International, Ronald Ross and Roger Burlton.

I think we have found out "Where do we find the business analysts required to develop your business architecture?"  Now how do we find more of these highly valuable people soon?

This was first published in December 2011

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