Business Architecture in the Real World

July 22, 2021
Hosted by William Ulrich

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Business architecture, while widely used, is also widely misunderstood. Many business professionals have leveraged business architecture effectively, yet some people think it’s a technical discipline and many others have no real insights into its practical application or benefits. On this week’s episode of The North Star, host William Ulrich will interview two senior business professionals from the financial services industry who will share their insights into business architecture, how they use it, and where they see it in context of the financial services industry. In addition to the work that they do within their companies, Kelley Eckmayer and Teresa Garcia-Holm co-lead the Financial Services Industry Reference Model team at the Business Architecture Guild. This financial services reference model serves as the basis for business architectures deployed at financial institutions around the globe. This episode will examine the practical side of business architecture, the benefits it delivers, and challenges one can face when putting it in place. The discussion will also look into the many opportunities in the field of business architecture, particularly for women, who play key roles in business architecture at many organizations. Any business professional seeking to understand how business architecture enables effective, end-to-end strategy execution should join this discussion as William and his guests explore the real value business architecture can deliver to organizations of any size, in any industry.

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The North Star takes a deep dive into the topic of strategy execution, often challenging conventional wisdom for achieving an organization’s strategic vision. The host and thought leaders from multiple fields explore concepts that include rethinking innovation, increasing enterprise agility, transitioning to the circular economy, managing enterprise risk and becoming a cognitive enterprise. Setting sights on one’s “north star” is only half the story. Decades of experience point to the headwinds organizations have faced in pursuit of their strategic vision. To that end, the North Star examines how organizations can more effectively deliver on critical business strategies in these uncertain times. The show tackles intractable challenges that many organizations have historically sidestepped, such as optimizing major program investments and untangling high risk technology deployments. While the show often points toward the road less traveled, that road that can make all the difference.

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William Ulrich

William Ulrich is President of Tactical Strategy Group, Inc., Cofounder of Business Architecture Associates, President and Cofounder of the Business Architecture Guild and Cutter Consortium Fellow. As a management consultant for more than 40 years, Mr. Ulrich continues to serve as advisor, mentor and workshop leader to corporations and governments worldwide. He is a thought leader in strategy execution, business transformation, business architecture and transformation oversight. Mr. Ulrich has the unique ability to engage executives and practitioners across business and IT boundaries to facilitate and streamline ecosystem-wide transformation. His transformation workshops and lectures have been widely attended by organizations worldwide. Mr. Ulrich blends his IT transformation expertise with his extensive business architecture and business transformation experience to deliver end-to-end solutions that are fully aligned to business strategy. He has authored or coauthored multiple books and transformation methodologies and was an originating contributor to “A Guide to the Business Architecture Body of Knowledge.” Prior to founding Tactical Strategy Group in 1990, Mr. Ulrich served as management consultant, spending the bulk of the 1980s with KPMG where he helped mature its software reengineering practice. His latest writings focus on the cognitive enterprise, transitioning to the circular economy and business-driven IT architecture transformation.

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