Business Architecture Tools

By Jibility co-founder Chuen Seet


Before delving into the tools, let’s define Business Architecture itself.

Business Architecture describes a business holistically from multiple perspectives to ensure common understanding and alignment with the overall business strategy.

A major focus of Business Architecture is to spell out what a business does. Put simply, it defines the business capabilities.


Three categories of business architecture tools
 

Business Architecture Definition


"Business Architecture represents holistic, multidimensional business views of capabilities, end-to-end value delivery, information, and organizational structures; and the relationship among these business views and strategies, products, policies, initiatives, and stakeholders." 1


 
 

Capability-based planning is a technique widely accepted by Business Architects. It means understanding what the business does today and what it must be able to do in the future, thus enabling the organization to define the gaps that must be addressed in order to achieve its strategic vision.

Capability-based planning is a technique described by both the Open Group TOGAF® and the Business Architecture Guild BIZBOK® Guide.

 

Three Types of Tools


Business architecture generic desktop tools

Generic Desktop Tools

Desktop word processing, spreadsheet, presentation and drawing tools are commonly available. These tools are generic, so you can use them for just about anything.

However, as they aren’t dedicated to Business Architecture there’s no contextual awareness of the purpose. Often, you need to use several tools that don’t have linkages between them, so you end up manually syncing content across all of them. For example, you are likely to have drawings in one tool, data in a spreadsheet tool, and presentations in another for executive consumption.

On the other hand, a key advantage of generic desktop tools is that they are very simple to use. (Even moreso when you use them with templates such as our Jibility canvas!)

 


Business architecture specialist tools

Specialist Business Architecture Tools

At the other end of the spectrum are the high-end Enterprise Architecture tools. These support industry diagramming notation (such as Archimate®) and enforce notation rules to industry specifications.

The advantage of specialist tools is that they are very powerful. They can easily meet the needs of large and sophisticated corporates.

Consequently, they are very complex. Users generally need a significant amount of training, or even a certification program, in order to use them. Additionally, the tools usually require dedicated resources to support and maintain the tool environments.

Predictably, specialist tools are expensive.

 


Business architecture dedicated lightweight tools

Dedicated Lightweight Business Architecture Tools

Somewhere between desktop tools and specialist business architecture tools, there exist dedicated lightweight business architecture tools.

These may not do everything that the specialist tools can do, but they do have specific Business Architecture features. They’re simple to use, with no special training required, and are low maintenance, cloud-based, and low cost.

 

An Example…


Jibility is an example of a dedicated lightweight tool that can be used by anyone. Using capability-based planning techniques, the app guides the user through six steps to create what we term a strategy roadmap: the essential link between an organization’s strategic vision and its execution plan.

Jibility is a cloud-based drag-and-drop tool, which provides the user with pre-defined building blocks for more agile delivery and maintenance of strategy roadmaps. Most importantly, it’s simple to use.

Jibility: a dedicated business architecture tool

1 Business Architecture Guild, A Guide to the Business Architecture Body of Knowledge®, v 6.0 (BIZBOK® Guide), 2017. Part 1, Page 2

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The Jibility App is a dedicated visual tool with pre-defined building blocks to assist you in building strategy roadmaps fast. Sign up for a free trial and see for yourself.

Jibility App

Sign up for Jibility


The Jibility App is a dedicated visual tool with pre-defined building blocks to assist you in building strategy roadmaps fast. Sign up for a free trial and see for yourself.


Download our free book


Jibility: Strategy Roadmaps Made Simple is your essential guide to the concepts, methods and techniques behind strategy roadmaps. Complete with lively case studies and examples, the book is an easy, engaging read – and best of all, it’s free.

Jibility Book

Download our free book


Jibility: Strategy Roadmaps Made Simple is your essential guide to the concepts, methods and techniques behind strategy roadmaps. Complete with lively case studies and examples, the book is an easy, engaging read – and best of all, it’s free.


Download our free strategy roadmap canvas


The Jibility Canvas is a template designed for creating simple strategy roadmaps by following six steps. The Jibility Canvas is free and available to download now.

Jibility Canvas

Download our free strategy roadmap canvas


The Jibility Canvas is a template designed for creating simple strategy roadmaps by following six steps. The Jibility Canvas is free and available to download now.