This BP Trends advisor proposes a method to develop a business process architecture which, to quote, "briefly walks through one approach to developing a comprehensive business process architecture--the approach used by BPTrends Associates (BPTA) in consulting engagements with its clients".
And here is a critique the BP Trends Business Process Architecture approach. To start with, I challenge the concept of business process architecture. Is it really an architecture or rather a taxonomy that results from the effort? Why wouldn't we use one of the existing process frameworks of which we have quite a few? Is this just a backdoor into the business architecture arena?
Since the term architecture is so lightly used today, even in conjunction with the business and enterprise architecture efforts, I won't question it any longer. It looks like everybody is an architect and everything it does is architecture as such. But admitting it is an architecture, can or should a process architecture be used as a standalone method to document, improve and roadmap the enterprise? Here is my view.
In the first place, a business process architecture is not a business architecture. No confusion about that. For one, the "components" of a business architecture are much more than processes. On top, the process architecture, which is on a par with the information architecture, would be part of a grander Business Architecture (BA) which, in turn, is a tier of Enterprise Architecture (EA).
Once this settled, a standalone business process architecture would have little impact in the enterprise transformation effort. A reason is that the process architecture cannot be acted upon without integration in the big picture of the enterprise, the architecture of the whole that links all architectures together, including information, technology, finance and human resources.
Now, in the BP Trends advisor, fig. 1 represents the value chains of an organisation. I remark only that it is not called an enterprise. Was it because of the desire to avoid stepping into the enterprise and business architecture arena? Perhaps.
Fig. 2 shows the stakeholders. This maybe standard procedure. In any case, it looks remarkably similar to what I published years ago on the web site and book. On the home page, click on the right side of the picture and roll through the posters to the third of a total of four, "The Models", where you'll find the illustrations of both Stakeholders and Value Chains, at the beginning of a longer and proper design sequence.
So far, so good.
to be continued...