Business Architecture Context & Definitions

Where Does a Business Architect Fit?

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Where Business Architecture Fits Within the Open Group Architecture Framework (TOGAF)

Source: Steenekap, Philip , "Business Architecture Case Study", March 2023, Business Architecture Innovation Summit, Reston, VA, United States.

Business Architecture Domains in the Business Architecture Body of Knowledge (BIZBOK)

 Source: Business Architecture Guild, A Guide to the Business Architecture Body of Knowledge® (BIZBOK® Guide)

Business Architecture Definitions

  • From The Business Architecture Guild's definition of business architecture:

    Business architecture represents holistic, multidimensional business views of: capabilities, end‐to‐end value delivery, information, and organizational structure; and the relationships among these business views and strategies, products, policies, initiatives, and stakeholders.

  • From thought leader Whynde Kuehn

    Business Architecture bridges strategy and execution, activates change.

Business Architecture vs Business Analysis

  • Business architecture scope is broader, macro level such as capabilities, where business analysis is more specific in scope, micro level focused on a specific process or group of processes.

  • Business Architecture vs. Business Analysis - YouTube Bridging the Gap - Resources for Business Analysts
    • Laura Brandenburg and Whynde Kuehn discuss the business architecture discipline, business architecture vs. business analysis, and how to become a business architect.

Business Architecture and Enterprise Architecture

  • Business architecture focuses on the business strategy and capability of an organization.

  • Enterprise Architecture is broader in scope encompassing the whole enterprise including technical architecture, information architecture, and business architecture.
Digestible Business Architecture

Quick Bites - easily digested videos for key concepts

Business Architecture Domains, Models, Methods, and Tools

Higher Education Reference Models

The Higher Education Reference Models are available to all EDUCAUSE members at

Business Capability Modeling

This is an excellent series from BiZZDesign on business capability modelling:

Business Architecture Use Cases in Higher Education

Use-Case Compendium

The Higher Education Reference Models includes a use-case compendium that is often having new examples added into it.

Other Examples:


This landing-page aims to guide people towards resources that are useful to understanding and practicing business architecture in higher education.


The resources offered here were seeded in 2023 by members of the Itana Business Architecture Working Group.  This landing-page is intended to be a living asset to the community, and will be updated as new and improved resources and guidance come to hand.  Any and all suggestions for improvement are welcomed permanently.

1. What are Business Capabilities & How to Identify them?

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