White paper on Business Capability Management

as a community service object architects offers a white paper, containing a few patterns of Business Capability Management and also a few links to sources in order to save you Google time. LInks and sources are contained
in the paper.

From the abstract:

Capabilities are one of the later “hot topics” in Enterprise Architecture Management. They first appeared towards the beginning of this decade in the form of Microsoft’s Motion (now known as Microsoft Business Architecture) effort to develop a business engineering method. In the meantime, also other large consulting companies use capability based methods of all kinds for IT investment planning and also application portfolio management.
The method is quite simple and straightforward but still powerful. Opposed to that, for whatever reasons the literature on capability assisted enterprise architecture is still quite scarce. This paper will explain a few of the basic mechanisms behind capability based modeling in pattern form. If you have read it, you will be able to judge, whether capabilities are something that can help make your enterprise architecture efforts more effective. The paper demonstrates how to make straightforward use of capabilities and demonstrates how organizations can profit from capabilities today, even though formal research on capabilities is still ongoing.

Download the paper here (PDF)

Selected LInks and Sources

• Bredemeyer, D.; Krishnan, R.; Lafrenz, A.; Malan, R.: Enterprise Architecture as Business Capabilities Architecture; Whitepaper; Bredemeyer Consulting, available via http://bredemeyer.com/pdf_files/Presentations/EnterpriseArchitectureAsCapabilitiesArch.pdf (link verified 2009-11-12)
• Cameron, B.; Kalex, U.: Webinar (Web Seminar) on Business Capability Management; Forrester Research & alfabet AG, June 2009. Available via http://www.alfabet.de/news/veranstaltungen/webinar_driving_productive_it_investment (link verified 2009-11-13).
• Homan, L.: Enterprise Architecture; Connecting Business and IT, Talk at GI-Jahrestagung, Munich, September 9th, 2008; available via http://wwwmatthes.in.tum.de/file/Events/2008/080909-Informatik-2008/Published/080905-Homan-Microsoft-Enterprise%20Architecture.pdf
• Microsoft Services: Microsoft Motion Heat Mapping Tool: blogs.microsoft.co.il/files/folders/2034/download.aspx (link verified 2009-11-14)
• Merrifield, R.; Tobey, J.: Motion Lite: A Rapid Application of the Business Architecture Techniques Used by Microsoft Motion; available via http://www.microsoft.com/indonesia/msdn/motionlite.aspx (Link verified 2009-11-14).
• Ritzenhöfer, G.: SOA-basierte IT-Strategien für Banken, Talk at GI-Jahrestagung, Munich, September 9th, 2008. available via: http://wwwmatthes.in.tum.de/file/Events/2008/080909-Informatik-2008/Published/080903%20Ritzenhoefer_final.pdf