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Exam Domains & Objectives

This document provides defines the domain categories and related objectives for each business architecture certification exam domain category.

1.0  Business Architecture Foundational Concepts: The section assesses basic understanding of general business architecture concepts, core versus extended business mapping disciplines, scenario use and context, and overall value proposition.

1.1  Objective: Test candidate’s knowledge of business architecture’s purpose, scope, principles and value proposition

1.2  Objective: Test candidate’s knowledge of the business architecture ecosystem

1.3  Objective: Test candidate’s knowledge of the Business Architecture Framework

2.0  Business Architecture Core Mapping Knowledge: Core mapping disciplines test one’s knowledge of creating and using capability, value, organization and information maps and the interaction among these disciplines.

2.1  Objective: Test candidate’s knowledge of capability mapping

2.2  Objective: Test candidate’s knowledge of value mapping

2.3  Objective: Test candidate’s knowledge of organization mapping

2.4  Objective: Test candidate’s knowledge of information mapping

3.0  Business Architecture Extended Mapping Knowledge: The extended mapping disciplines section examines one’s knowledge of strategy mapping, stakeholder mapping, initiative mapping and product and service mapping.

3.1  Objective: Test candidate’s knowledge of strategy mapping

3.2  Objective: Test candidate’s knowledge of stakeholder mapping

3.3  Objective: Test candidate’s knowledge of initiative mapping

3.4  Objective: Test candidate’s knowledge of product mapping

3.5  Objective: Test candidate’s knowledge of policy mapping

4.0  Business Architecture Alignment with Related Business Disciplines: This section determines one’s knowledge of business architecture as it relates to related business disciplines that include business model alignment, business process management, case management and business requirements analysis.

4.1  Objective: Test candidate’s knowledge of business architecture alignment with business model frameworks

4.2  Objective: Test candidate’s knowledge of business architecture alignment with business process modeling

4.3  Objective: Test candidate’s knowledge of business architecture’s use in conjunction with business requirements analysis

4.4  Objective: Test candidate’s knowledge of business architecture alignment with case management

4.5  Objective: Test candidate’s knowledge of business architecture alignment with Lean/Six Sigma

5.0  Business Architecture & Business Performance Analysis: This section examines one’s understanding of using business architecture to assess how well a business is performing and includes performance metrics, initiative assessments and portfolio planning.

5.1  Objective: Test candidate’s knowledge of basic performance management concepts

5.2  Objective: Test candidate’s knowledge of heat mapping usage and practice in business architecture

5.3  Objective: Test candidate’s knowledge of business performance measurement

5.4  Objective: Test candidate’s knowledge of how business performance management is applied

6.0  Business Architect Role: This section assesses one’s knowledge of the business architect’s role, responsibilities, competencies and interactions with related roles.

6.1  Objective: Test candidate’s knowledge of his or her role in stakeholder and relationship management

6.2  Objective: Test candidate’s knowledge of the business architect as a leader and a facilitator

6.3  Objective: Test candidate’s knowledge of his or her role as advisor, mentor

6.4  Objective: Test candidate’s knowledge of communicating, persuading and presenting

6.5  Objective: Test candidate’s knowledge of the competencies of a business architecture practitioner

7.0  Business Architecture Governance: This section assesses one’s knowledge of business architecture team setup, organizational alignment, stakeholder engagement and all of the components necessary to successfully deploy, mature, measure and sustain a business architecture program.

7.1  Objective: Test candidate’s knowledge of the roles involved in business architecture governance

7.2  Objective: Test candidate’s knowledge of business architecture governance structures

7.3  Objective: Test candidate’s knowledge of business architecture team purpose and principles

7.4  Objective: Test candidate’s knowledge of how to scale business architecture efforts

7.5  Objective: Test candidate’s knowledge of applying business architecture in an organization

7.6  Objective: Test candidate’s knowledge of assessing the maturity of a business architecture deployment

8.0  Business Architecture & IT Architecture Alignment: This section determines one’s ability to leverage business architecture in IT architecture assessments, portfolio management, engagement with application, data and solution architects, and business / IT transformation initiatives.

8.1  Objective: Test candidate’s knowledge of business and IT architecture alignment

8.2  Objective: Test candidate’s knowledge of leveraging business architecture under the broader perspective of enterprise architecture

8.3  Objective: Test candidate’s knowledge of the use of business architecture for application portfolio management

8.4  Objective: Test candidate’s knowledge of the role of business architecture in the context of services-oriented architecture (SOA)

8.5  Objective: Test candidate’s knowledge of business architecture and data management and data architecture

8.6  Objective: Test candidate’s knowledge of business architecture’s role in business / IT transformation

9.0  Business Architecture Situation & Scenario Usage: This section tests one’s understanding of how to apply business architecture in various business situations and include issue analysis and resolution, impact analysis, change management, customer experience and other common business scenarios.

9.1  Objective: Test candidate’s knowledge of how to use business architecture in various assessment situations

9.2  Objective: Test candidate’s knowledge of how business architecture applies to transformative scenarios

9.3  Objective: Test candidate’s knowledge of how business architecture applies to smaller scale, tactical scenarios

9.4  Objective: Test candidate’s knowledge of where various aspects of business architecture would be applied in certain situation analysis and in what context

10.0          Business Architecture Infrastructure Management: Infrastructure management examines one’s ability to manage and package business architecture artifacts and reporting and includes a basic understanding of the role of knowledgebase structure and tooling considerations.

10.1 Objective: Test candidate’s knowledge of business architecture knowledge management and related knowledgebase

10.2 Objective: Test candidate’s knowledge of automation options for managing the business architecture


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