** = Update
The Microsoft Services Business Architecture (MSBA) methodology was formerly codenamed Microsoft Motion. I will continually add to this list over time!
** Getting Hold of MSBA
Many people have asked me how they can get hold of the tools and detailed methodology documents for MSBA/Motion and were wondering why we don't appear to have anything new published since 2006/2007. Does this mean Microsoft has abandoned MSBA? No, quite the contrary! MSBA is alive and well. MSBA is a strategic asset of Microsoft Services and is a very important competitive differentiator for our IT Architecture Practice. We use MSBA to connect more deeply with Enterprise customers and have found that it is a wonderful thing in driving stronger relationships with them - and the reasons for this are obvious.
MSBA is available to our customers through fee-based consulting engagements with Microsoft Services. Globally, we've sold 100+ Architecture Transformation engagements to major customers so far this fiscal year and this kind of momentum will ensure MSBA's continued healthy development.
You are free to use whatever information I have published on this Blog about MSBA and if you (or your organization) would like to use our tooling and other assets - like heat maps, repository, explorer, etc. - then it would make sense for you to to engage directly with Microsoft Services in your Country or local Microsoft Subsidiary and contract a qualified/certified MSBA consultant to work with you.
MSBA / Motion Overview
- ** Ric Merrifield and Jon Tobey (2006), "Motion Lite: A Rapid Application of the Business Architecture Techniques Used by Microsoft Motion". A short effort focused on explaining the business architecture approach, and using ideas and templates from MSBA (was aka Motion) to help prioritise and select projects.
- Ric Merrifield (2006), "Business in Motion, Parts 1 & 2", ARCast Interview with Ron Jacobs.
- Homann, Ulrich (2006), "A Business-Oriented Foundation for Service Orientation." Microsoft Corporation.
- Arvindra Sehmi (2006), "Rock Your Business Architecture with Motion", TechEd 2006 Israel Presentation.
Capabilities to Services
- Arvindra Sehmi and Beat Schwegler (2006), "Service Oriented Modeling for Connected Systems", The Microsoft Architecture Journal, for Part 1: Issue 7, January 2006 and for Part 2: Issue 8, April 2006. (PDF)
- Ulrich Homann and Jon Tobey (2006), "From Capabilities to Services: Moving from a Business Architecture to an IT Implementation", MSDN Solution Architecture Center.
- Martin Sykes (2007), "Make it so. Effective methods to communicate an Enterprise Architecture to people who don't understand IT", UK Architect Insight Presentation.
MSBA / Motion Engagements
- Global Portfolio Management Company
- North American Logistics Company
- U.S. Financial Services Firm
- U.S. Mortgage Company
MSBA / Motion Case Studies
** Related Content
- Irene Polikoff, Robert Coyne and Ralph Hodgson (2005), "Capability Cases - A solution Envisioning Approach".
This book presents two intertwined innovations that work together to better connect business challenges to technology enablers to improve the odds for success in delivering value. Much like Motion in spirit and goes deeper than Motion in the actual creation of the high level logical solution. I found this book connects many different problem solving and solution envisioning ideas and requires one to apply quite a strong abstraction filter to make sense of it.