Unicist Business Architecture deals with the design of structural solutions for businesses integrating their unified field including the customer, the shareholder (owner) and the environment that influences them.
Unicist business architecture includes the fundamental diagnosis of the unified field of a business defined by its ontologies, the description of the business model, the development of the strategy to be used, the definition of the work processes and the business objects to be included in these processes.
This is an introduction to provide the unified field that defines the business architecture to all those who want to manage it.
The term “hyperreality building” is used to define the emulation of a reality which requires building a model that represents the architectural structure of a unified field.
The final purpose is to design a business model which requires being able to manage the unified field of a business and develop a strategy to achieve the results that are required.
But the abstraction of the unified field has to be put down to earth defining the model including their operational business processes.
Architectural approaches are counterintuitive for adults because they need to begin with the envisioning of the “unified field” and ending with the operational solutions.
This requires a backward-chaining thinking process which requires having the final solution in mind and developing the operational processes to materialize it.
The emulation of reality defines the purpose of business architecture. This requires being able to build a hyperreality based on the apprehension of both the functional and the essential reality in order to emulate it in a model that is seen at a more essential level than the business model.
The Unified Field of a Business Unit is defined by the concept of the business model which defines its ontological structure (genotype), the results driven organization model that defines the functionality (phenotype) and the operational methods that are the energy conservation function of the unified field.
The description of the role of unicist business architects will provide the information of how this activity works in real life.
Unicist business architects are individuals who transform the unified field of a business into a business model that puts its concept into action and define the business processes to achieve goals.
They have the responsibility for apprehending the ontological structures of a unified field and transforming them into operational processes within the limits of the concept of the business. To do so they diagnose, develop strategies and define organizational processes in environments they know.
Diagnoses include both fundamental and technical analytical diagnoses. Strategy building, on the other hand, requires the use of destructive and non-destructive pilot tests.
They are responsible for the design of organizational processes which need to integrate business objects into the work processes to ensure results. To develop their activity they use unicist project management including plans A, B, C and D.
Unicist business architecture deals with the design of businesses considered as adaptive systems. It implies dealing with the complexity of adaptive systems and transforms them into simple solutions.
It requires apprehending their unified field in order to make the operational solutions believable. No one can use the simplification of a complex unified field without having apprehended it first.
The Analogy between Functional Architecture,
IT Architecture and Business Architecture
The essential analogy between functional architecture, IT architecture and business architecture will provide a vision of what architecture really means.
Their comparison should drive to the perception of the need of designing the architecture of any adaptive system in order to ensure its functionality. Developing the architecture of an adaptive system is a step beyond conceptual design because it requires knowing the ontological structure of the system, the functionality of its elements and the processes to make it work.
1) About the Functional Architecture
Functional architecture needs to be considered in its ontological structure in order to be apprehended.
The purpose of functional architecture is to provide utility to the users of what is being built. This utility is defined by the usefulness of the building, the functionality of its elements and the reliability of the solution.
The active principle of functional architecture is defined by the aesthetics of the building.
While aesthetics seeks to generate expansion in the environment and “complete” the needs of the user, it also has “unreachable” aspects.
The energy conservation principle of functional architecture is defined by the solidity of the solutions. Solidity includes a stable structure with flexible aspects to adapt to the environment and rigid aspects to sustain its functionality.
Although this ontology that has been described is the ontology of functional architecture, it is also the ontology of universal architecture and can be used as a meta-ontology to validate the ontologies of different architectural applications. They all have to be based on utility as their purpose, aesthetics as their active function and solidity as their energy conservation function.
2) About Functional IT Architecture
The ontology of the functional IT architecture is based on the integration of the elements that are included in software building.
The purpose of IT architecture is to fulfill the mission of the system that is being built. The mission implies following a concept and generating an added value, having an adequate quality assurance that makes the mission reliable.
When the concept is not shared, there is no possibility to develop a structural solution for a system. The concept represents the vision of the activity of the system and needs to be apprehended taking the necessary time to do so.
The active function, which defines the aesthetics of the system, is given by the information that is managed by the system. It needs to be based on the true “business model” because it has to satisfy its needs.
The business model is provided by the business architectural approach. Information must include adaptive aspects in order to manage the feed-back from the environment and administrative aspects to ensure the operation and control.
The energy conservation function is defined by the technology which sustains its solidity and is integrated by software, hardware and peopleware.
Functional IT Architecture includes the use of software objects to build a system that has the capacity to adapt to the environment reusing the designed objects and just changing the processes in which they are immersed.
The design of the objects needs to be in accordance with the characteristics of the adaptive aspects of the system and the possibilities defined by the available technology. This approach allows simplifying the processes and minimizing the maintenance costs.
3) About Unicist Business Architecture
Unicist business architecture is not only a functional architecture, but a structural functionalist approach to businesses.
This is a structural approach because it deals with businesses considered as adaptive systems, which are integrated by interdependent elements that are approached based on their ontological structure.
The purpose of unicist business architecture is to define a business model. It implies seeking for an organization by results which is integrated by a market orientation, a business orientation and an orientation towards the use value of products. The purpose has to ensure the utility of the architecture.
The unified field of the business has to be apprehended in order to define the complementation and supplementation between the elements that integrate it. The organization by results needs to be sustained by a strategy that includes both the minimum and the maximal strategies.
The active function, which provides the aesthetics of the structure, is defined by the hyperrealism of the model, which includes the emulation of reality as a business, the functional reality of the elements of the organization and the essential reality of the unified field.
This allows developing a simple manageable model that defines the architecture of the business at a structural level.
The model of the essential concepts of the unified field is the catalyst for the minimum strategy which needs to develop the genotype of the business model to sustain the purpose of providing a secure business model to develop the necessary systems.
The energy conservation function that provides the solidity of the business architecture is integrated by the genotype of the business model, the results driven organization that defines its phenotype and the operational methods that allow validating the business architecture.
The unicist business architecture requires using a method for making destructive and non-destructive pilot tests until the architecture is considered adequate based on the results produced.