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Defining our Business Architecture Needs

January 19, 2016 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm CST

Join us for our January Twin Cities Business Architecture Forum  hosted by Metro State on January 19 at 4 p.m.

Enterprise Architects need to keep track of technical and process complexities.  As such, the need and utility of EA tools is evident.  Business Architecture (BA) is different in key respects.

BA operates closer to the business side.  It is meant to bridge the strategy of an enterprise with its business capabilities.  A goal of BA is to provide a description of what a business needs to address to achieve its strategies.  All this, while dealing with business ambiguity, and at the same time, explaining complex relationships in plain English and at a high level to business leaders.  In other words, regarding tools, the needs of a Business Architect are different.

Metro State hosts the January forum where Target will lead an interactive and casual discussion on how they define their business architecture needs and look at tools to address those needs. Some of the topics they will discuss:

  • How Target classified tools in terms of abilities, value, and investment needed in ways that would address their needs
  • Target’s requirements for a tool specific to Business Architects: a beginner’s guide
  • The key challenge: defining the circular data relationships in a way that answer BA questions. Strategy, capabilities, projects, people, tools, etc. are related in real life, but what are the key steps to adapt the reality to an off-the-shelf tool?
  • Ideas on how to implement a new BA mindset, process, and tool in a way that is useful and sustainable

Note:  Immediately preceding the presentation, Metro State will be hosting their free monthly Expert Insights Seminar: Business Architecture Basics from 3 – 4 pm. Reserve your seat at:  http://metrostateipd.org/business-architecture-basics-seminar-jan-19-2016/

Given the nature of this dialog, please feel free to bring a business partner along that may find this discussion valuable and of interest.

 Food and refreshments will be served.


  • Networking
  • Brief Board Update
  • Presentation
  • Group Discussion


We will share a brief Board update, then Target will facilitate this month’s presentation.

We will allow plenty of time for discussion, and as always, meeting artifacts and notes will be posted at our here. 


January 19, 2016
4:00 pm - 6:00 pm CST


Metro State – St. Paul Campus STUDENT CENTER BUILDING
700 East 7th Street
St Paul, MN 55106 United States
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