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Introduction to Business Architecture


Business Architecture is defined as the formalised description of an organisation; its essential capabilities and how it uses them to realise its strategic intent and objectives. The purpose of Business Architecture is to define the future state business and operating model, develop a roadmap to get from the current to the desired future state, establish a plan to achieve the business value from the change, and manage the progress along the way to achieve desired business outcomes with pace, certainty and agility.

Course Description

This four-day course is an introduction to Business Architecture and covers the frameworks and tools needed for the discipline. It includes information on the Business Architect role as well as practical guidance on setting up and operationalising a Business Architecture function. The course is rounded off with a case study and numerous exercises to help delegates apply the theory they have learned and to show them how practically to do Business Architecture.

Course Content

Module 1: Course Introduction

Module 2: What is Business Architecture

Module 3: Why do we need Business Architecture

Module 4: Who is the Business Architect

Module 5: Where does Business Architecture fit in the organisation

Module 6: How & What - The Architecture Toolbox

  • Enterprise Architecture Frameworks
    •  Zachman
    •  TOGAF
  • Business Architecture in EA Frameworks
    •  Zachman
    •  TOGAF
  • Business Architecture Frameworks
    •  5 Views Model (Chris Reynolds) - simple approach
    •  Business Architecture Value Creation Model (Whelan & Meaden) - intermediate approach
    •  BIZBOK (The Business Architecture Guild) - advanced approach
    •  Open Business Architecture: O-BA Part 1 (The Open Group) - Emerging Business Architecture Standard
  • Business Modelling Tools
    •  Business Model Canvas (Osterwalder & Pigneur)
    •  Business Motivation Model (Object Management Group)
  • Creating your Business Architecture Toolbox

Module 7: Architecture Framework Integration
Module 8: Setting up a Business Architecture Function
Module 9: Scenarios for Applying Business Architecture
Module 10: How do we do Business Architecture (Practical exercises)

Course Instructors

The course instructors have architecture experience both from consulting and corporate viewpoints and thus are familiar with many real-world challenges.


  • Staff Responsible for Strategy
  • Business Capability Owners or responsible for Business Capability Development
  • Business Unit Managers
  • Enterprise Architects
  • Business Architects
  • Business Analysts
  • Process Modellers
  • Process Analysts
  • Process Engineers
“Good course. I learnt. Very insightful.”
“One leaves this place with clear understanding of BA, its purpose and the required skills, tools and approach”
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Course Logistics

Courses are available on the public training schedule or on request for groups of five or more candidates.

Course Fees

R14 438 excl VAT

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Course Pack Includes...

  • A printed course manual


This pack includes:
  • Course Manual
  • Instructions/tips on using Google Hangouts
  • Headphones
  • Note pad
  • Pen

Cancellation Policy

There is a 100% cancellation fee for cancellations made within ten working days of the start of the training event.

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Training News

November 2019 saw The Open Group release its latest version of the ArchiMate ® modeling language for Enterprise Architecture.

Version 3.1 is an update from Version 3.0 which was released in 2016. The update may be minor, but the new version holds a number of useful additions and improvements for Enterprise Architecture practitioners.

The three most notable improvements are:
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2019 has seen the launch of The Open Group’s TOGAF Business Architecture Level 1 qualification. Real IRM prides itself as being the only service provider to offer this accredited course and credential in South Africa.

The credential is aimed at individuals who want to validate their knowledge and understanding of Business Modelling, Business Capabilities, TOGAF Business Scenarios, Information Mapping, and Value Streams by applying them in the development of a Business Architecture based on the TOGAF ® Standard Version, 9.2.

The Open Group ArchiMate® Forum will make available the latest version of the ArchiMate Specification®, version 3.0, with a series of announcements and events to take place throughout the months of June and July.

The latest evolution has the following new features:

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The Open Group has announced their new Open FAIR Certification Program aimed at Risk Analysts. The certification program focuses on The Open Group Risk Taxonomy and Risk Analysis standards which have advanced the risk analysis profession by defining a standard taxonomy for risk, and by describing the process aspects of a rigorous risk analysis. 

In order to become certified, Risk Analysts must pass an Open FAIR certification exam which is currently available at Prometric Centres. Training courses will be delivered through an Open Group accredited channel. 

The Open Group announced that a new ArchiMate 2.0 Foundation certification exam is available through accredited training organizations and also at Prometric test centres around the world.

ArchiMate® certification is for architects who want an internationally recognised qualification to demonstrate their detailed knowledge and ability to apply ArchiMate 2.0. It is targeted at those individuals who require a deep understanding of ArchiMate® and/or are responsible for developing architecture artifacts using the language. The certification is also intended for architects wanting to introduce ArchiMate® into their architecture practices.

Course Instructors

Trainer - Michael Payne

Michael Payne

Michael Payne is an IT professional who writes, speaks, lectures and consults on various IT-related topics. Currently, Michael works for Real IRM as a trainer and senior consultant. He presents various courses including TOGAF® 9 Level 1 & 2 training and the EA Bootcamp.

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