A business architect is a modern technology-oriented business occupation. Working as a change agent with senior business stakeholders, the business architect plays a key part in shaping and fostering continuous improvement and business transformation initiatives.
Business architects lead efforts aiming at building an effective architecture for the business process management (BPM) projects that make up the business change programme. The business architect implements business models that require business technology to work effectively.
Business architects have deep business as well as broad technology knowledge, combined with large-scale, cross-functional process expertise, such as supply chain management, enterprise resource planning, finance, or customer resource management, and/or extensive experience with core, strategic line-of-business processes. Business architects must also have business strategy talents, skills in methodologies and standards such as CMMI, ISO 9001, Automotive SPICE (ISO 15504), Lean and Six Sigma, and technology know-how. Business architects have a rare combination of business domain knowledge, process experience, transformation talents, methodology skills, and a winning personality that helps with communication and business change management.