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Monday, May 6, 2013

Part I - Blog Series on Occupancy/Operating Cost-Savings for Non-Profits

Business Architecture by Dan Gonzalez (DC Metro)

I’ll be starting a new blog series on ways that associations, non-profits and other “dot-orgs” can reduce occupancy and operational costs in this tight economy. First, we’ll take a look at a relatively new trend in the business/corporate world and one that I feel could be of great use to non-profits and associations: Business Architecture (BA). There are several BA experts at Avison Young, including Will Travis here the Washington, DC area.

Business Architecture is defined as: "A blueprint of the enterprise that provides a common understanding of the organization and is used to align strategic objectives and tactical demands."
BA provides organizations with efficiencies and best results by mapping, diagramming and capturing all internal and external functions. The functions include an organization’s:
  • Structures
  • Processes
  • Mission
  • Personnel
BA fosters the framework to effectively and proficiently link together and align all of the organizational aspects, and thus, drive certain efficiencies and attendant operating-cost savings. The BA framework also supports the organization’s goals and ultimately delivers the best value to key audiences such as members and other stakeholders.

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