Week 3: High-Level Business Architecture Definition
Business architecture blueprints are critical planning elements in
the enterprise. They use a notation that is easy to understand and does not
require knowledge of standard modeling notations such as the Business Process
Modeling Notation (BPMN). A high-level business architecture blueprint provides
a quick way to convey business architecture design ideas.
Various types of business architecture blueprints are typically
required to help elaborate business requirements and represent business
architecture at a high level. Michael Porter introduced the concept of “value
chain” to capture the flow of activities that are typically used in a
manufacturing business to transform raw materials into a sellable product
(Porter, 1985). This approach is now used to represent the different functional
components of a business which may or may not be applied in a sequential way.
In other words, a business architecture blueprint represents the functional
components of a business and quickly outlines the corresponding business
The Value Chain and Business Capability Model provide additional
perspectives on the business. Just as there are additional ways of looking at
the business, there are additional blueprints to provide a visualization of
those different perspectives.
In this Assignment, write a 4- to 6-page paper that addresses the
1. Justify whether
Adopt-A-Farm is a product-driven or service-driven business structure in its
current state of business.
2. Identify and document
high-level business requirements for the current business structure model of
the Adopt-A-Farm virtual business. Based on these requirements, create business
architecture blueprints for the value chain and business capability model. You
can use Visio, the Shapes and SmartArt features within PowerPoint, or any
graphics editing tool that allows you to create and manipulate shapes to build
3. Assuming Adopt-A-Farm
moves its business to a cloud solution, how will the business structure model
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Porter, M. (1985). Competitive advantage: Creating and sustaining superior
performance. Glencoe, IL: Free Press
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Week in Review
This Week, you created business architecture designs and compared the
Business Architecture of product-driven and service driven architectures. In
addition, you evaluated the characteristics of both product and service-driven
businesses. Next Week, you will explore how to evaluate technical
architecture blueprints, and practice creating these blueprints for a given
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