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  • Capabilities clarify terms and concepts across organisational borders.

  • Capabilities provide a robust skeleton, a framework for assigning all the other elements of enterprise architecture. They are ‘elegant in its simplicity yet powerful in its ability to serve as a focal point for transformations — large and small’ [BIZBOK].

  • Capabilities help to make the business strategy executable. They align technology with the business by providing structure for all assets created from business strategy to IT implementation.

  • Capabilities can be used as the central structure for heat mapping to answer questions such as: ‘Which strategic fields of actions do we see in which capability’; ‘In which capabilities are we planning to invest how much?‘; ‘Which capabilities are supported too little by IT?’

  • EAs apply business capability modelling to better plan IT solutions that meet the needs of their business customers.

  • Cross mapping capabilities with value streams help a business to envision which capabilities are required to enable customer value across a variety of scenarios. Value streams are cross mapped to capabilities, to show how a company orchestrates capabilities in order to create customer value [BIZBOK].

  • Strategic Fields of Action used in strategic planning can be assigned to business capabilities. Thus, capabilities are valuable in order to align projects with the business capabilities -> value streams -> value propositions of the customers.

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