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Business Architecture and Strategic Business Process Management (BPM)

Businesses and government agencies are under pressure to change in response to customer expectations, the impact of digital, and the need to boost operational excellence – not just efficiency. The organizational response to these pressures range from customer experience programs, ‘mobile-enabling’ customer-facing processes, and programs to leverage Big Data and analytics to improve both customer and operational insight.

These change programs have pervasive impact on your organization.  They change your processes, organization, and the systems on which your business runs.  But when they are planned and conducted in silos, the results will often disappoint. What is needed is to connect the two silos of enterprise architecture and business process improvement, and enhance the input of business strategy into both of these disciplines.

Business Architecture is the glue – providing the viewpoints to align and translate strategy into BPM and EA outcomes.

Business Architecture and Strategic Business Process Management is delivered by Penn State Executive Programs in affiliation with Forrester Research, Inc.

Program Objectives

Business Architecture and Strategic BPM will give you a foundation of understanding on core business architecture methods, how business architecture and business process methods work in concert, and how to apply them to strategic programs and business process initiatives.

Who Should Attend

This program is designed for enterprise architects and business process analysts who wish to build their expertise in business architecture. Participants receive a certificate upon completion.

Program Location

The program is the result of a unique partnership between Penn State Executive Programs and Forrester Research, one of the most influential research and advisory firms in the world.  This union provides a synergy of research, experience, and perspectives that creates measurable value for you and your organization. 

Forrester is hosting at the following locations:
April 2016: San Francisco, CA

Seating is limited to 20. Small class size creates opportunity for deep engagement with faculty and program peers on common issues and challenges, providing more impact from the learning experience.  

Program Benefits

Business Architecture and Strategic BPM will improve your ability to:

  • Use business architecture to connect business change needs to enterprise architecture and BPM
  • Enhance BPM programs with business architecture techniques

Program Content

  • Business Architecture - a tool kit for integrating business & IT strategy and execution
  • Overview of business architecture – key concepts, methods and techniques
  • Business capabilities – the building blocks of your business, combining multiple views
  • Business process – challenges with process improvement, aligning process and strategy inventory of techniques
  • Best practices for developing a business capability map Integrating the business architecture tools with other EA domains
  • How to connect business process models with business capability models
  • How to use Business Capability Modeling to illustrate strategic business priorities, guide investment decisions and execute business transformation
  • Use case – strategic program design/execution/management
  • Value Measurement for Business Architecture
  • Building the Business Architecture career path

Value Created for You and Your Company

The primary purpose of understanding the architecture of an enterprise is to improve the effectiveness or efficiency of the business itself. This includes innovations in the structure of an organization, the centralization or federation of business processes, the quality and timeliness of business information, and ensuring that resources spent on enterprise information technology can be justified. Without this type of organizational understanding and planning, the enterprise information technology assets may be more of a constraint than a competitive advantage. 

Organizations today have to go beyond classical IT/Business alignment thinking to truly embrace the enterprise business value paradigm in order to achieve successful and sustainable transformation.This program provides participants with a set of enterprise principles and a transformation road map that determines actions needed for guiding transformation efforts.

Listen: Faculty Director Brian Cameron talks about "What's Key in Effective Enterprise Architecture" in an interview with Stephen Ibaraki of IT Manager Connection.


This unique program combines top Penn State faculty in the field of EA with a research expert in business-technology from Forrester, a widely respected global research and advisory firm. This collaboration provides a synergy of knowledge, experience, and perspectives that creates measurable business value for you and your organization.

Dr. Brian Cameron, Program Faculty Director, Associate Dean for Professional Master’s Programs and Clinical Professor of Management Information Systems, Smeal College of Business; Strategic Director of the Center for Enterprise Architecture, Penn State;  Founding President, The Federation for Enterprise Architecture Professional Organizations (FEAPO)

In 2012, Dr. Cameron was elected to the International Federation for Information Processing (IFIP) International Professional Practice Partnership (IP3) Global Industry Council (GIC), which is affiliated with the United Nations. The GIC sets international professional standards for different aspects of technology-related fields

Dr. Gordon Barnett, Principal Analyst serving Enterprise Architecture Professionals, Forrester Research, Inc.

Program Fee

The program fee of $2,750 includes tuition, instructional materials, breaks, and lunch.

Active military and government personnel, PSU alumni, and teams of three or more attending this program from one company are eligible for a 20% program discount. 

Special Association Rate: Members of select enterprise architecture-related professional associations as well as federal government personnel are eligible for a discounted program fee of $2,200. Please see membership page for a list of eligible organizations.


Our enrollment coordinator will be happy to hold a seat for you in this program. A reservation does not commit you to the program until you submit the registration form online. Please call 814-865-3435.

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