Business Domain

An explicit business-domain definition, or, in other words, a statement identifying the competitive boundaries of the organization, may contribute to better performance because it improves competitor analysis, allows timely detection of threats and opportunities, and aids the development of appropriate strategic responses .  


A restriction on a process and/or application which needs to be removed to achieve goals and/or objectives.


Accordingly to TOGAF, The highest level (typically) of description of an organization and typically covers all missions and functions. An enterprise will often span multiple organizations. In many cases it can referred as entire business of an organization.


A high-level statement of intent or direction for an organization. Typically used to measure the success of an organization.  


A time-bounded milestone for an organization used to demonstrate progress towards a goal. For example, “Increase capacity utilization by 30% by the end of 2009 to support the planned increase in market share”. Objectives can be further classified as High Level and For example, “Increase capacity utilization by 30% by the end of 2009 to Read more about Objective[…]


The output generated by a┬ábusiness. The business product of the execution of a process.  

Reference Architecture

Template illustrating a proven architectural solution for a known problem. Technical domain-specific high-level blueprint of building blocks and their alignment. Not all reference models map to a reference architecture.  

Root Cause

The underlying factor that leads to a specific outcome, primarily associated with a non-conformance.