To become a connected business, your business requires a connected business architecture. Connected business architecture centers around the business activity that drives business revenue, effective sales, streamlined manufacturing, and excellent customer support.
IT teams are partnering with their core business counterparts to map activities, define key business events, and establish business-oriented workspaces that incorporate business activity streams. Figure 1 below describes a logical connected business architecture.
Figure 1: Connected Business Architecture
Connected Business Architecture
A connected business architecture enables access by mobile devices and cloud services. A connected business architecture flexibly integrates Software as a Service (SaaS) through connectors and Enterprise Integration Patterns (EIP).
Connected business architecture centers around the business activity that drives business revenue, effective sales, streamlined manufacturing, and excellent customer support. By taking a business activity first perspective, teams focus on optimizing the core business, and every IT project is placed within a business context. Business activity correlates with the transactions, data, events, and user interfaces necessary to fulfill a business process or collaborative interaction.
Business activity is often not static, or follow a linear path. A connected business architecture must adapt to new market events, supply chain disruptions, and demand spikes. A connected business architecture will include event processing and a flexible business process engine that can execute remediation actions and capitalize on market opportunity.
Effected connected business collaboration requires workspaces where individuals can work together on a project, and dashboards providing visibility into business actions and business performance. Workspaces and dashboards should not just display static report information, but link to business processes driving business activity forward.
The enabling a connected business page describes how connected business attributes and connected business architecture drive adoption of API management, business activity monitoring, business process management, and Cloud Platform as a Service.
Connected Business Attributes