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The goal is to create an BT architecture competency guidebook based on a people-first approach that conveys best practices and learning objectives at each level of architectural growth. This guidebook will also assist hiring managers, business managers and human resource representatives.

As you digest the BTABoK competencies we ask that you realize that while this knowledge base has existed for many years, and has undergone countless upgrades and discussions, that this is the first time it has been published in this format. As such, we are ACTIVELY SEEKING to get your constructive feedback so that we can get it fully normalized and edited. We understand that some of our readers will not agree with all of the content and we want your feedback, but simple negative comments will be rejected.

Business Technology Strategy (BTS)

  1. Business Fundamentals
  2. Strategy Development and Rationalization
  3. Industry Analysis
  4. Business Valuation
  5. Investment Prioritization and Planning
  6. Requirements Discovery and Constraints Analysis
  7. Compliance
  8. Architecture Methodologies & Frameworks
  9. Risk Management

Human Dynamics

  1. Managing the Culture
  2. Customer Relations
  3. Leadership and Management
  4. Peer Interaction
  5. Collaboration and Negotiation
  6. Presentation Skills
  7. Writing Skills


  1. Requirements Modeling
  2. Architecture Description
  3. Decomposition and Reuse
  4. Design Methodologies and Processes
  5. Design Patterns and Styles
  6. Design Analysis and Testing
  7. Traceability Throughout the Lifecycle
  8. Views & Viewpoints
  9. The Whole Systems Design

IT Environment

  1. Technical Project Management
  2. Asset Management
  3. Change Management
  4. Infrastructure
  5. Application Development
  6. Governance
  7. Testing Methods, Tools, and Techniques
  8. Knowledge Management
  9. Decision Support
  10. Platforms and Frameworks

Quality Attributes

  1. Balancing and Optimizing Quality Attributes
  2. Manageability, Maintainability, Supportability, Extensibility, and Flexibility
  3. Monitoring and Management
  4. Performance, Reliability, Availability, Scalability
  5. Security
  6. Usability, Localization, Accessibility, Personalization/Customizability
  7. Packaging, Delivery, Post Deployment

Business Architecture

  1. Business Management
  2. Business Strategy
  3. Portfolio and Program Management
  4. Financial Methods
  5. Technology Investment
  6. Technology Strategy and Innovation
  7. Governance, Risk and Compliance
  8. Business Views and Models
  9. Leading Organizational Change

Information Architecture

  1. Data Integration
  2. Information Management
  3. Information Modeling
  4. Information Usage
  5. Business Intelligence and Data Warehousing
  6. Information Operations
  7. Information Governance and Management
  8. Information Value

Infrastructure Architecture

  1. Access and Identity Management
  2. Capacity Planning
  3. Common Application Services
  4. Device Management
  5. Infrastructure RAS
  6. Network Design
  7. Operations
  8. System Management and Services
  9. Data Center Design
  10. Provisioning
  11. Disaster Recovery and Backup
  12. High Availability Computing Environment

Software Architecture

  1. Development, Methodologies and Processes
  2. Software Architecture Tools
  3. Software Engineering for Architects
  4. Services, Workflow and Messaging
  5. Advanced Quality Attributes
  6. Advanced Stakeholder Management
  7. Software Architecture Patterns
  8. Technology Platforms and Frameworks
  9. Data/Information/Knowledge Management