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Collaborative Industry Consortium Announces New Definition of Business Architecture

Business Architecture GuildĀ® and FEAPO jointly announce that a working collaborative of industry associations and professional societies have crafted a new definition for business architecture. The definition was officially adopted in January, 2017.

Soquel, CA, May 20, 2017 --( For the first time, a collective consortium has come together to publish a new definition for business architecture in alignment and cooperation with related business architecture disciplines. This important work was performed as a part of the FEAPO Taxonomy Working Group. FEAPO member organizations include, among others, the Business Architecture Guild®, Center for Advancement of Enterprise Architecture Profession (CAEAP), Business Architecture Society (BAS), Data Management Association International (DAMA), International Council on Systems Engineering (INCOSE), Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), and International Institute of Business Analysis (IIBA).

The new definition adopted as a result of this collaborative effort is as follows;
“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.”

It is the goal of both organizations that this definition be used in communication among FEAPO members as a way of establishing a common language for practitioners.

This new definition is important because it succinctly articulates the foundational aspects of business architecture, specifically capability, value stream, information and organizational perspectives, as well as the integral role they play in delivering actionable strategy, ensuring policy and regulatory compliance, optimizing initiative investments, identifying and delivering stakeholder value, and expediting and streamlining product delivery.

Parallel Taxonomy Working Group efforts established related definitions for enhancing practitioner communication in the areas of enterprise architecture, application architecture, data architecture, and technical architecture. To see a full listing, please visit Guild Related Resources, found on the Public Resources page at

Collectively these definitions provide an integrated frame of reference for practitioners across disciplines. FEAPO is committed to extending its domain definition set through the continuing cooperative efforts of its members.

“We are very excited to provide these 5 architecture genre definitions. A large portion of our role as architects is to translate the essence of the organization and its strategy into the architecture. To achieve this, we need to speak the language of our audience,” said Jean Gehring, President of FEAPO. “These definitions offer a great solution to establishing a common language and promoting more effective communication within our architect community.”

William Ulrich, Business Architecture Guild President, added, “The Guild was honored to play a role in the Taxonomy Working Group as it represents one of our association’s many efforts to bring the global business architecture community into greater alignment. This new definition of business architecture brings greater clarity to key aspects of the discipline and the practice.”

The Federation of Enterprise Architecture Professional Organizations (FEAPO) is a non-profit association consisting of professional organizations world-wide whose members have an active interest in the practice and professionalism of Architecture. Our purpose is to facilitate and encourage Architecture communities to undertake activities to standardize, professionalize, and otherwise advance the field and discipline of Architecture.

About the Business Architecture Guild®
The primary purpose of the Business Architecture Guild® is “to promote best practices and expand the knowledgebase of the business architecture discipline.” The Guild is an international, not-for- profit, member-based organization that provides valuable resources to business architecture practitioners and others interested in the field. The Business Architecture Guild® is the source of A Guide to the Business Architecture Body of Knowledge® (BIZBOK® Guide) and provider of the Certified Business Architect® (CBA)® program, which certifies business architects worldwide. For more information, visit
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Kathleen Ulrich
831 464 5344

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