From Functional Analyst to Business Architect

Benny Vranckx, Business Architect Digital Business

Meet Benny Vranckx, a driven Business Architect at Cegeka. Benny has a background in both technology and business analysis. His journey at Cegeka began several years ago, and he has undergone a remarkable growth, transitioning from a Functional Analyst to the role of Business Architect. In a world of integration projects and a diverse team of colleagues, Benny has honed his skills and further developed his passion for building bridges between technology and business strategy.

Cegeka supports continuous learning and growth. Because of the multitude of teams and applications I engage with on a daily basis, informal learning happens constantly. This has allowed me to fully embrace my role as a Business Architect and to grow in my expertise.

Benny Vranckx, Business Architect

Interview on Benny's Career Growth Path

What does your role entail?

Benny: "As a Business Architect, my primary task is to ensure that the functionalities delivered by our team align with the client's strategy and the ultimate goal of the project. I am currently working exclusively on integration projects and facilitating workshops with other teams to clarify their needs and desires. This allows us to design, build, test, demonstrate, and deliver the necessary integrations."

Who do you collaborate with?

Benny: "Integration projects encompass a fascinating mix of functional and technical challenges. This means I collaborate closely with both technical (application architects & lead developers) and functional (business analysts, end-users, etc.) profiles. Moreover, both the client and our team are geographically dispersed. Therefore, I work daily with people from Belgium, the Netherlands, Sweden, Norway, Germany, the UK, Moldova, and Romania."

Could you describe your typical day?

Benny: "After my morning coffee, our agile team holds our daily stand-up, and that marks the most predictable part of the day. Typically, workshops with all stakeholders of a specific integration begin, aiming to create a high-level overview of the integration to be built. This information is then passed on to our team of analysts, who delve deeper into the specifics. As we build integrations in an application landscape that is often still evolving, our backlog is subject to significant changes. Therefore, maintaining this backlog accurately and communicating about it to project management is also a crucial task in this role."

You've been with Cegeka for over 6 years. How did you progress to the role of Business Architect?
Benny: "After working for a number of years as a functional and business analyst, I got the opportunity to start as a business analyst in a fairly large integration project during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic. I quickly realized that I had an affinity for these types of projects for several reasons. Partly due to my technical background, I swiftly grasped the concepts and design patterns of integrations. Through my experience as a functional/business analyst, I could translate these into a comprehensible functional narrative. Thinking in processes at both an application and business level is a skill that, in my opinion, is indispensable in this role.

The progression to Business Architect happened quite organically by accumulating experience and taking on more responsibilities/tasks across various projects."

How do you engage in Continuous Learning?

  • How does Cegeka support you in this?
    Benny: "Cegeka launches a multitude of initiatives that encourage continuous learning. I'm referring to guilds and knowledge-sharing afternoons, as well as the opportunity to chart your learning path by providing internal and external training."
  • How do you engage in formal learning?
    Benny: "Formal learning mostly occurs through training sessions, reading books, watching interesting TED talks, and so forth."
  • How do you engage in informal learning?
    Benny: "Due to the variety of teams and applications I interact with daily, informal learning occurs continuously. To fulfill the role of a business analyst effectively, it's important to thoroughly understand the client's application landscape (as-is and to-be) and comprehend their business strategy well."
  • From which project have you learned the most?
    Benny: "That was certainly my very first integration project where I found my own way to successfully conclude these types of projects."

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