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Hidden risks in business-model design

There are a fair few business-model patterns out there that look really great, really profitable – and yet conceal fundamental flaws that can kill the business outright. (Or, in some cases, it’s not just the business that gets killed… –

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What’s the scope of a business-model?

I’ve long been a fan of Alex Osterwalder’s work. There can be no doubt that he’s had a huge impact on business-architecture – particularly for startups – with tools such as his Business Model Canvas  [BMCanvas] and, more recently, Value

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Business Model Canvas beyond startups – Part 3: Back-end

How can we use Business Model Canvas beyond its initial intended context of commercial startups? In particular, how best can we use it to explore the ‘back-end’ of the business-models – the internal and supplier-facing parts – for non-profit organisations and government,

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Business Model Canvas beyond startups – Part 2: Front-end

How can we use Business Model Canvas beyond its initial intended context of commercial startups? In particular, how best can we use it to explore the ‘front-end’ of the business-models – the customer-facing parts – for non-profit organisations and government, and existing commercial businesses

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Business Model Canvas beyond startups – Part 1

Is Business Model Canvas at risk of becoming another TOGAF – a useful tool for a specific context, yet often more of a hindrance than a help wherever people try to use it beyond its original purpose? And if so,

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Assets and Resources

More on translating Business Model Canvas to Archimate etc. (Yes, it’s another of those long, interminable technical posts – my apologies, though they are necessary…) This one picks up on a couple of sort-of-mistakes that I’ve made in the previous

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Questions on business-model to enterprise-architecture

Following up on one of the previous posts on Business Model Canvas and Archimate, British/Dutch enterprise-architect Stuart Boardman sent in a comment with a stream of questions that it seems would be worthwhile to reply to in detail here. You

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Upward and sideways from business-model (short version)

As all-too-usual, the previous ‘how-to’ post ‘Upwards sideways from business-model‘ – to complement the earlier post on transforming from Business Model Canvas to Archimate, to plan and verify the implementation – has turned out to be huge, because it included

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Upwards and sideways from business-model

The past few posts in this series have focussed on moving ‘downward’ from the business-model, towards implementation, such as might be modelled in Archimate notation. That’s an aspect of the business-architecture / enterprise-architecture interface that makes immediate and practical sense

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Why business-model to enterprise-architecture?

Yes, I admit it: I’ve been kinda pouring out the posts lately. Sorry… But why all this fuss about business-models and enterprise-architecture? What’s the point about the bottom-line not being the baseline to work from? If everyone’s selling something to

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