After reading about Business Architecture through the various readings in the course I discovered that the district, which is compose of two small schools, is in need to develop a more concise Business Architecture. As I reviewed the processes and systems in our district there was a lack of an explicit alignment between the different systems and processes and the mission and vision of the school. This is not to say that the systems do not function, but they are not from my discovery, as effective as they need to be. For example, one thing that I discovered was that many of the decisions that are made are not thoroughly vetted which leads to confusion at every level of the organization. The district is able to make quicker decisions than bigger districts, but this comes at a cost that leads to under utilization of the human capital and many other resources present at our district. Having said this, this year there has been a shift to creating processes that allow various inputs into the decision making process of the different business units.
One system that is currently use at our school is The Open Group Architecture Forum which involves the decision making process on how certain business decisions will be made. If we can redefine this process and have all stakeholders learn the process I believe this will allow our district to reach the levels we all want for our students. As mentioned before, we are beginning to utilize this system for many decisions but we are still at the beginning of this process. Ultimately our goal as a school is to increase student achievement and we do strive for that when decisions are made but the process is still lacking structure and specific processes for decision making.
As for myself, as I learn more about Enterprise Architecture and Business Architecture I have begun to realize how important is to have a structure for making decisions when working with technology and that having input from various stakeholders is critical in order to not duplicate or create redundancy when not needed and to create redundancy when it is needed.