Business Architect

Business Architecture: Close the gap between strategy and execution

Business Architecture Certification Program designed by the Global University Alliance


The Business Architect certification program is aimed at professionals responsible for translating strategy into operational execution; by supporting C-levels to close the gap between disruptive forces, strategy, business model innovation and the organization's operating model.

Unique practical approaches to learn, apply and impact

Developed by the Global University Alliance in collaboration with leaders in the markets, the certification program covers topics from capability modelling, identification of the core critical components, and defining the innovation and transformation potential within the business and operating models.

The Business Architect certification program is designed to build applied skills in people around business thinking, techniques, practices and standards that simplify IT complexity to inform the decision making. Each participant will work on a personal project that becomes the foundation upon which to apply standards and receive individual performance coaching.

Locations, dates and tuition fees

Participation in the Business Architecture certification program can either be done as an open enrollment course or for your organization/team as a closed course. To request a closed program, or if you have questions about registration or multi-attendee discounts, please contact us.

21-25 November 2016 New York (fully booked)
05-09 December 2016 London (limited seats)
27 Feb - 03 Mar 2017 Paris
29 May - 02 June 2017 Stockholm

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Learning objectives

The Business Architect certification program builds on the existing competencies and knowledge of the practitioner, while infusing a new way of thinking, working and modeling. Each participant is actively engaged with applying repeatable standards i.e. best practices (what works), industry practices (performance accelerators) and leading practices (patterns of the outperformers).

This is done through intensive classroom training, in-depth tutoring and coaching throughout the program as well as with hands-on project experience where you apply the acquired modelling and related disciplines. Therefore, this professional development track as a Business Architect does not only transfer knowledge, it builds practical skills and competencies. The hands-on experience ensures that the business modelling and business architecture skills are applied within the following disciplines:

Way of Thinking

  • Agile concepts
  • Strategy thinking
  • Business requirements
  • Focus on business issues, challenges and pain points
  • Identify core critical capabilities
  • Align capabilities to strategies and goals

Way of Working

  • Analyze existing As-Is capabilities
  • Benchmark capability maturity levels
  • Identify and categorize capabilities
  • Define the To-Be (future) capabilities
  • Link capabilities to performance and value drivers
  • Define standardization and integration potential

Way of Modelling

  • Relate relevant service components
  • Detail relevant performance components
  • Identify value components, including cost and revenue potential
  • Define the Business Model innovation and transformation potential
  • Specify impact upon the Operating Model

Business Architecture Roadmap

Individual Performance Coaching

Within the Business Architect certification program, each participant receives 0.5 days of Individual Performance Coaching on a selected project.

It is only through coaching and building on the participant's existing knowledge that competencies are gained and applied. The Individual Performance Coaching (IPC) is an integrated element of the Business Architect certification path to ensure that the frameworks, methods, models, and modelling principles are customized, adopted and applied in a real-world project setting with a personalized action plan. The participant will discover how to drive forth fundamental changes within their organization and to achieve the objectives set in transformation and innovation projects.

Depending on your project or case, you will during the program have the chance to work with some of the most common Business Architecture artefacts i.e. maps, matrices and or models:

  • Stakeholder Map with relevant actors, requirements as well as performance and value drivers.
  • Capability Map with As-Is and To-Be capabilities.
  • Value Stream that sorts the capabilities into groups.
  • Value Chain which categorizes the capabilities according to the main and supporting flows as well as customer value proposition.
  • Business Model innovation and transformation potential.
  • Reporting Model to identify the vital reports and decisions around reporting,
  • Critical Information Flows.
  • Relevant Business Workflows.
  • Value and performance potential around the Operating Model.

Certificates and degrees

Upon successful completion of this program, you will become a certified Business Architect. The Business Architect certification program is certified by the Global University Alliance which consists of +450 universities, and the enterprise standards body LEADing Practice.

Who should attend

The program is designed for designed for professionals with 3-10 years of experience:

  • Directors: Business Executives and Owners, LoB Directors and LoB Owners.
  • Managers: Business Managers, Project Managers, Process Managers, Service Managers and IT Managers.
  • Architects: Value Architects, Process Architects, Enterprise Architects, Technology Architects, Solution Architects, Application Architects, Business Architects, Service Architects, Information/Data Architects, and Technology Architects.
  • Specialists: Business Analysts, Strategy eXperts, Value eXperts, Process Specialists, Method Specialists (TOGAF, Zachman, MoFA practitioners), Quality/Production/Manufacturing Specialists, Technology Specialists, and Enterprise Engineers.
  • Consultants: Business Consultants, Process Consultants, Value Consultants, Infrastructure Consultants and Transformation Consultants.