Information Systems Frontiers

, Volume 8, Issue 2, pp 91–102 | Cite as

Business architecture: A new paradigm to relate business strategy to ICT

  • Gerrit Versteeg
  • Harry Bouwman


In this paper we address the concept of business architecture. We explain the concept and, based on a case study, discuss its relevance, operation, relationship with strategy and business models, and value for an organization. We also shortly discuss the approach that was taken to create the business architecture; how it was based on and derived from the business strategy. Business architectures contribute to clarify the complexity within an organization and form a useful starting point from which to develop subsequent functional, information, process and application architectures. We clarify these relationships through an architecture linkage model. Having an explicit business architecture also helps to structure the responsibilities within an organization, and to shape outsourcing activities, within the primary process as well as with regard to ICT-support. Business architectures contribute to an adequate ICT-governance in order to orchestrate the resources for critical business activities and how to manage the development and support for e-business efficiently.


Business architecture e-business Information systems Shared service centers Architecture linkage model Architecture framework Demand organization Outsourcing Business strategy 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.FourPoints IntelligenceMaarssenThe Netherlands
  2. 2.Information and Communication Technology,Faculty of Technology, Policy,ManagementDelft University of TechnologyDelftThe Netherlands

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