Business-Driven Architect

Brenda Michelson

Business-Driven Architect: Quick Introduction

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Getting through the first post on a new blog can be a daunting task for both the author and reader. So, to save us all some pain, I've chosen a question-driven format, augmented by links to my previous writings. Here goes:

Who am I?

I'm an architect/consultant/analyst/writer/blogger. My background is in corporate IT. My current day jobs are architect-in-residence for the Patricia Seybold Group and principal of Elemental Links. My bio is here.

I'm also (the all too quiet) voice of business-driven architecture. Too quiet until now, that is.

What is Business-Driven Architecture?

Business-Driven Architecture is my view of architecture, developed on the premise that architecture is not an end, but a means, and the business must drive architecture composition.

I believe the most viable, agile architectures will be comprised of a blend of architecture strategies, including (but not limited to) service-oriented architecture, event-driven architecture, process-based architecture, federated information, enterprise integration and open source adoption. How you blend, depends on your business.

In Business-Driven Architecture, enterprise architects are not only responsible for articulating the architecture, but also for actualizing the architecture, and introducing the architecture into IT business projects.

Business-Driven Architecture has a strong bias to action, business opportunity, and project and portfolio advancement.

Who is a Business-Driven Architect?

Enterprise architects who drive the foundational strategies (as mentioned above) that make sense for their businesses, while actively consulting with, and contributing to, business growth initiatives.

The business-driven enterprise architect's responsibilities go well beyond the whiteboard. They need to deliver the architecture (tools, practices, services, and infrastructure), and roll it out to project teams.

Over the lifecycle of an architecture initiative, an enterprise architect might play a variety of roles, including strategist, evangelist, architect, project leader, developer, mentor, and enforcer.

Does that sound familiar? Then you are a business-driven architect!

For more on the Business-Driven Architect, please see my IT Linchpin post at elemental links.

For more of my writings on the architecture strategies: SOA Definitions, Event Driven Architecture Overview, Open Source Considerations, BPEL Primer, and Solving Classic Problems with SOA.

Does this blog replace elemental links?

No! This blog (BDA) and my original blog (elemental links) are complements.

This blog will contain insights, opinions, and references to items of interest to business-driven architects. Expect to see posts on architectural strategies, technology trends, business and relevance.

Elemental links remains the home for my architecture and research projects. As such, that's the place for long form posts and related heavy lifting.

Why ebizQ?

1. Community - ebizQ's readers and contributors are practitioners, doing real work.

2. Reach - ebizQ has good traction, with the right people. (See #1).

3. Good Company - I know many of the ebizQ bloggers. BethGB and I have known each other for years. Ronan and I have chatted about SOA and semantics over coffee. I read and trade email and/or comments with Sandy, DaveL and James.

What else?

I welcome (encourage) reader interaction! I will (eventually) respond to reader comments and email.

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Brenda Michelson Joins ebizQ Blog Roll from Elizabeth Book's Integration Watch on May 18, 2006 10:03 AM

A hearty, hearty welcome to Brenda Michelson, who today brings her new blog, Business-Driven Architect, to ebizQ. ebizQ has been publishing Brenda's incisive analysis for almost a year, in the form of excerpts of work she's done with her employer,... Read More

This morning, I launched my new Business-Driven Architect blog at ebizQ. In the introductory post, I use a question-driven format to provide context on business-driven architecture and architects. In addition, I ask and answer the following: Does this ... Read More

Brenda Michelson Joins ebizQ Blog Roll from Elizabeth Book's Integration Watch on May 19, 2006 11:03 AM

A hearty, hearty welcome to Brenda Michelson, who today brings her new blog, Business-Driven Architect, to ebizQ. ebizQ has been publishing Brenda's incisive analysis for almost a year, in the form of excerpts of work she's done with her employer,... Read More

Very good post from Brenda... Read More

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Welcome aboard!
Good to have you and I will be interested to see how you manage the two-blog thing. It causes me some trouble once in a while...

Thanks James! I'm curious how I'll manage the 2 blog thing myself. Do you use a blog client? -brenda

Brenda Michelson, Principal of Elemental Links, shares her view on architectural strategies, technology trends, business, and relevance.

Brenda Michelson

Brenda Michelson is the principal of Elemental Links an advisory & consulting practice focused on business-technology capabilities that increase business visibility and responsiveness. Follow Brenda on Twitter.

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