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Operationalizing Business Architecture

What is Operationalizing Business Architecture?

Operationalizing Business Architecture is a program that deals with the complexity of changing business and IT landscapes in today’s largest companies. Business Architecture is a discipline that helps leaders to manage this complexity, overcome major business challenges, and align business and technology transformation at the foundational level.

What You'll Learn

In this specialized class participants will learn to:

  • Set context for their transformation and connect operational execution to strategic intent
  • Understand and use a flexible framework to successfully navigate change
  • Build a bridge between strategy and execution
  • Eliminate the “Blind Spot” between business and IT
  • Facilitate successful enterprise-wide change
  • Position your company for competitiveness and speed to market


Course Details

Operationalizing Business Architecture (BA)
  • Virtual Course: 5 half-day live sessions
Who Should Attend
  • Senior-level leaders responsible for the translation of business demand/strategy into technology delivery, or those accountable for the partnership between business and IT.
  • We recommend teams of between two and six leaders,from across business and IT disciplines attend together to learn a shared language, context, and mental models.
  • Learn a common language to discuss contemporary and complex issues that impact Business Architecture.
  • Learn how to leverage Business Architecture to determine the impact of key business decisions, optimize funding and resources, and maximize IT investments.
  • Gain an understanding of the Feld Group Institute Transformation Framework used to establish a crucial bridge between business and IT leadership.
  • Gain actionable takeaways with company-specific coaching directly linked to your business challenges.
  • Prepare leaders to be proactive stewards of Business Architecture.
  • Module 1
    • Introductions
    • Leadership at the Speed of Change
    • Future Vision Storyboards
  • Module 2
    • The Feld Group Institute Transformation Framework
    • Business Model
    • Capability Modeling
  • Module 3
    • Business Systems Model
    • Capability Architecture
    • Business Architecture Impacts on Enterprise Architecture
  • Module 4
    • Organization Model
    • Economic Model
  • Module 5
    • IT Operating Model
    • Pulling it All Together
    • Call To Action

Program Fee: $5,000

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Why Choose This Program?

Leaders develop an actionable starting point for Business Architecture, and those with existing practices advance in understanding and effectiveness.  Additionally, in this program participants receive company-specific, hands-on, coach-facilitated working sessions between classroom sessions to discuss strategy and approach, and start to build real foundational building blocks to create momentum.

Leaders choose to attend this program because:

  • Classes are conducted by leaders who have successfully operationalized  Business Architecture
  • Leaders develop, refine and enhance actual foundational building blocks for their own company
  • Leaders learn how to sell the vision to the broader organization
  • They receive team consultation and company specific coaching sessions
  • The program is selective and creates a unique peer learning community
  • Alumni Benefits

What Are Alumni Benefits?

Participants who complete the program become part of an elite alumni community network and peer learning group which is supported by The Feld Group Institute. Alumni receive monthly newsletters, take part in monthly events, gain an opportunity to amplify their accomplishments and receive ongoing professional networking opportunities.

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Russell Villemez

Affiliate, The Feld Group Institute

Head of Technology Strategy, Dialexa – a Feld Group Institute partner

Highly regarded CTO and change agent with IT strategy and enterprise architecture expertise.

Russell Villemez is an Affiliate with the Feld Group Institute and the head of Technology Strategy at Dialexa, a Technology Research, Design and Creation firm that works with organizations on initiatives such as Operational Transformation, Business Growth, and New Venture Creation.

During 17 years in operational roles and 15 years in consulting roles, Russell has worked across a variety of industries in both executive leadership positions and as a subject matter expert. Russell thrives on the scale and complexity of leading major change agendas in large corporate environments.

Recent consulting clients include AmerisourceBergen, the American Automobile Association, Brinker International, Cubic, Equifax, and Cox Automotive. A common thread is the client’s need for strong leadership during a period of change—whether motivated by acquisitions, spin-offs, competitive pressures, or other factors. Clients also benefit from Russell’s expertise in enterprise architecture, agile development, application portfolio rationalization, technology and architecture strategy, as well as business strategy and commercial software product development.

Recognized as a versatile IT executive, adept at solving complex problems with innovative solutions, Russell’s capabilities and achievements span a continuum from business-strategy formation to hands-on IT solution development. His extensive career achievements include pioneering the first use of relational databases in high-volume transaction systems in the ‘80s, applying voice recognition DSPs in public intelligent network services for consumer markets in the ‘90s, and leading large-scale adoptions of open systems, object technology, and middleware frameworks in complex business environments, often in advance of commercially available software products.

Prior to joining Dialexa, Russell served at HP as Enterprise Services Chief Technology Officer for the Americas, leading a global capability for embedded Account CTOs in large enterprises. Russell began his career at Accenture, where he first crafted his consultative problem-solving approach, later honed at A.T. Kearny and the Feld Group. Russell’s deep telecom experience is built upon numerous director and enterprise architect positions at AT&T, Bell Atlantic, Telstra, US West, Pacific Bell, and Sprint, and as V.P. and CIO for WebLink Wireless.

Russell has a BS in Business Administration from Louisiana State University and an MBA from Vanderbilt University. In his spare time, Russell participates in amateur auto racing, and is a driving instructor with the Porsche Club of America.