Workshop in business architecture

Do you ever wonder what chain management and architecture can mean for your organisation? Why are your business colleagues so enthusiastic about this field? And mainly: why is it that other companies are so successful in this field? How do they manage to respond so quickly to client demands and increase their turnover and profits so sharply?

You too can become familiar with this professional field and discover what chain management and architecture can mean for your organisation. Asintik can run a Business Architecture workshop at your facility. The contents are customised and the workshop can vary from 1 to 3 half-days.

What do you gain from this workshop?

  • After this workshop you are more aware of the interactions in your chains.
  • You have a wider picture of the impact of decisions in the innovation chain.
  • You have a wider picture of the impact of decisions in the supply chain.
  • You know how you must begin with the application of chain management.

In addition, you will become more familiar with concepts such as:

  • Business performance
  • Supply chain architecture
  • Product architecture
  • Commonality & diversity
  • Allocation decisions

What is business architecture?

Business architecture focuses on improving business performance: the performance of the enterprise or of the chain as a whole. This is based on breaking down and adjusting the building blocks and interfaces in the area of products, processes, equipment, supply, distribution and market. Since business architecture focuses on the entire chain, it is sometimes also called ‘integral architecture’. Architecture focuses on identifying the right options (new or adapted). The building blocks (options) within each discipline are combined to create various scenarios for organising the chain as a whole. Chain management focuses on optimising these scenarios.

The purpose of the workshop

The purpose of this workshop is enabling the participants to experience and discover the importance of ’thinking in terms of architecture’ for their company and for their own work. Furthermore, the workshop promotes the awareness for the importance of thinking and working in terms of architecture and gives the participants the tools for contributing to the business performance.

The starting point of the workshop is the practical aspect, the daily reference framework for many enterprises, departments and employees. This often elicits the question of ’how can we actually make the decision?’ These (apparently) conflicts in interest between departments can be avoided. Obviously everyone usually does his/her best, but any important underlying principle must be consistent and must be based on what is best for the enterprise as a whole.

The question therefore should be: ’How can we become stronger together?’ This concerns interactions between decisions that must be made. The purpose is to make the participants aware of these interactions, to teach them how to actively deal with this with a focus on the interest of the enterprise as a whole rather than the department or their own work.


The workshop is conducted in a number of sessions. In each session the participants build up an enterprise. Decisions have to be made within the disciplines of innovation chain and the supply chain. The decisions (the selected options) jointly comprise the blueprint (the scenario) of the enterprise. Subsequently, the participants quantify the performance of the entire enterprise. This is determined based on financial criteria and time aspects.

In each subsequent session, using the same information but with applying the basic principles of chain management and architecture, the participants have to achieve better performance. The participants discover for themselves what are the changes and the work methods. At the same time, these aspects constitute the practical skills needed for thinking and working with chain management and architecture.


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