Services – How We Work

Round Tables – direct exchange, live and open

Member meetings take place three times a year and provide the large-scale forum needed to exchange information and ideas on new developments, results, the status of work in various areas, and new challenges that all of our member companies face. These meetings, which run for a day-and-a-half, are always hosted by a different member company. They allow us to get to know one another and the different companies at which we work.

Our members define the topics for our workstreams

Our CBA Lab workstreams are the vehicle used to initiate and implement joint projects. Here, at least three member companies coordinate with one another to define a workstream topic, whereby they can use the CBA Lab budget to procure external expertise or support if necessary. These workstreams lead to the creation of very closely knit networks, as well as CBA Lab’s most valuable commodities: knowledge and expertise.

Dr. Johannes Helbig
Board Member

The smart service world requires overarching architectures – the type of architectures CBA Lab specializes in.

Conferences: Spreading the word about CBA Lab

We organize conferences in cooperation with suitable partners in order to share CBA Lab’s knowledge and our guiding principles, get more people on board to promote cross-business architecture, and establish and maintain a dialog with relevant service providers and consultants.


CBA Lab products are valuable to our members – but also free

Particularly valuable results achieved at CBA Lab are documented and continually updated by our organization within the framework of a product lifecycle management system. The most important results to date have led to the creation of the CBA Lab Training Program and a Digital Navigator. These and other products and programs are available for our members to use free of charge, and they are also offered externally.

We are a voice for application users

As a partner in the VOICE association of application users, we present the opinions and requirements of application users to the companies that design and produce the applications. With our targeted media relations activities and our presentations at conferences, we also incorporate important considerations and guiding principles into the public discourse on the topics and issues we address.


Our Ambassadors are expanding our network

Individuals who have particularly distinguished themselves by supporting and communicating CBA Lab’s guiding principles are appointed CBA Lab “Ambassadors” and invited to participate in the discussions and debates at CBA Lab.

Shaping the discourse with partners

The Cross-Business-Architecture Lab is always open to mutually beneficial partnerships with associations and organizations. For example, we give application users a common voice through our partnership with the VOICE e.V. user association for CIOs. In this manner, the Cross-Business-Architecture Lab also increases the amount of architecture knowledge and expertise that VOICE can offer.

Hischam Abul Ola
Workstream Coordinator

It is exactly in a situation in which it is not one hundred percent clear where we are headed that one needs to make changes along the way – but such changes may not be so elaborate as to endanger ongoing projects. Microservices can be a big help here