BACOE’s Mission

Advancing the Understanding and Implementation of Business Architecture

The mission of the Business Architecture Center of Excellence (BACOE) is to be the definitive source for all aspects of Business Architecture, for the purpose of advancing the implementation and understanding of Business Architecture. The BACOE asserts the following, and pursues the Overarching Goals.


  1. The profession of Business Architecture requires a source of understanding that is based on actual practitioner experience and successes.
  2. Business Architecture is fundamental for the successful participation of enterprises in the “new” world, and the body of knowledge of Business Architecture that these Enterprises rely upon requires professional administration, skills verification, and continuous professional development.
  3. Business Architecture is the principle structural mechanism for:
    1. Addressing continuing and accelerating rates of change through the use of Architecture Models
    2. Explicitly Visualizing, Developing, Presenting, and Understanding Business Strategy
    3. Aligning Technology and Application Strategy with Business Strategy
    4. Providing Technology and Application Implementation Models, based on Architecture Models, for Enterprise Management and Systems Management
    5. Reuse of Data, Processes, and Technologies
    6. Managing the Knowledge-Base of the Enterprise
  4. Business Architecture best practices have been proven to be best developed by looking at the past “ages” (Nomadic, Agrarian, Mercantile, and Industrial), and understanding the similarities and differences. The “Information Age / Knowledge Age” can gain significant insights from these past learning’s, as it matures. There is no proven “special privilege” of the Information Age / Knowledge Age that would suggest otherwise.
  5. An understanding of Business Architecture requires the following components to be considered to be complete:
    1. A Process
    2. A Classification, Taxonomy, and Framework
    3. A Work Breakdown Structure and Methodology
    4. A Business Architect Maturity Model
    5. An Organization Change Model, Process, Methodology and Work Breakdown Structure
    6. A Set of Business Understanding Components
    7. A Set of Technology Understanding Components
    8. An Understanding of Architecture Models
    9. An Understanding of Implementation Models
    10. Components geared toward “short term value”, that can be built upon to provide “long term value”
    11. Templates and tools to provide immediate practitioner guidance
    12. Criteria to allow practitioners to be recognized for growing competencies, as their experience grows, based on actual Business Architecture enablement activities

Overarching Goals

  1. Be the definitive source of Business Architecture communication, research, and implementation understanding.
  2. Provide a universal understanding and competence forum on Business Architecture, for General Management, Technologists, Academicians, and Practitioners, that have an interest in implementing Business Architecture concepts.
  3. Advance Business Architecture practices to be recognized as a profession, similar to the Engineering and Manufacturing professions
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