Patrick Bikar

Head of Business Architecture Center of Excellence


Over the last 20 years, I've had the privilege to work with many IT and business executives in various industries, which granted me the raw material to co-create a highly-effective approach for architecting innovation for speed, impact, and scale. So what? Customers can focus their efforts on developing differentiating business logic – and let the technology do its work: secure, scalable, and unnoticed. I currently head Cisco's Global Business Architecture Center of Excellence with a strategy built on 3 pillars:
  • Community: Under the banner of the BA Makers movement, I lead a tribe of 250 Business Architects, coaching, mentoring and empowering them to continuously hone their BA skills, vertical expertise, and practical know-how.
  • Capability: I co-created a powerful framework helping our customers transform their business with speed, impact and scale. I am now leading the development of Cisco's 4-stage Business Architecture training curriculum, to scale our approach to the whole of Cisco, our partners, and our customers.
  • Customers: Every year, I support dozens of BA-led customer engagements, interacting with CxOs, IT Leaders and business executives. I help them crystallize their digital transformation strategy, drive insight-powered innovation, and ensure that technology investments deliver the outcomes and benefits expected by users and the business.
In 1999, I graduated first of my promotion as a Civil Engineer in Telecommunications at the University of Brussels (“La Plus Grande Distinction”, or Highest Honors, >90%). My certifications include Cisco Certified Internetworking Expert (CCIE 7045, Emeritus), ITIL 3, TOGAF 9, and Business Architect Transformation Program (BATP). Twice, in 2008 and 2014, I earned a seat at Cisco’s Chairman's Club (top 1%). In 2014, I completed a 2-year Executive Master in IT Management (Solvay Business School, Brussels), which fed my passion for “running IT like it’s the business”, a foundation of Quantum Transformation.


April 18, 2020


Architecting Innovation for Speed, Impact, and Scale

Digital Transformation, now compounded with the global crisis, demands a skilful and agile approach to innovation. Check out how Cisco can help you “architect business innovation for speed, impact, and scale”.

January 17, 2020


Business Architecture at Cisco Live

Visit the Business Architecture booth at #CiscoLive Barcelona #CLEUR to understand how #CiscoBA accelerates innovation & improves digital transformation

November 11, 2019


Innovate at speed, with Cisco Business Architecture

Cisco Business Architects can help you innovate and drive digital transformation. We skip theory and focus on delivering business success, at speed.

September 16, 2015


Does Fast IT work in Government? It sure does: check out the case studies.

In my previous post, I explained how CIOs are reinventing the mission and role of the IT department in order to support the Digital Transformation of their organisation. And that adopting a Fast IT model is less about technology and more about progressive cultural and process changes. But is this realistic for public sector organisations as well? It […]

September 10, 2015


Fast IT for Cisco Partners: embrace Digital Disruption

Digital disruption. IDC says that 40% of market share leaders in their respective industries (our customers!) will be out of business in 10 years, because they will miss their transformation to Digital. What they need? Fast IT. Cisco experienced (both first hand and with our customers) that Fast IT is the key capability that enterprises need […]

July 21, 2015


New white paper: “Build your Strategic Roadmap to Fast IT”

Fast IT has the power to completely transform the role and the value of IT to the business. It is a critical imperative for those CIOs who want to transform themselves from the mere owners of technology stacks to the drivers of their enterprise’s digital transformation. CIOs must reinvent the mission and role of the IT department. It’s […]

June 1, 2015


Big Data in the Public Sector: Turning Bytes into Information Valuable to Society (White Paper)

Recent economic analysis by Cisco (http://internetofeverything.cisco.com/) reveals that the Internet of Everything is a $4.6 trillion opportunity for global Public Sector organisations (e.g. Government, Healthcare, Education) over the next decade. This is the result of cost savings, increased productivity, new revenues and the enhanced citizen experiences it will bring. A sound Big Data strategy will […]

November 28, 2014


Understand how the Intercloud elegantly meets Public Sector IT requirements

Public Sector IT organisations are weary of vendor lock-in. And rightfully so: it is hard to buy cloud services from any supplier you choose and then freely manage these services as if they were part of your own extended private cloud. Main reason: lack of ability to connect different clouds: private, partner, public, etc. Luckily, this barrier […]

November 20, 2014


So you’ve got a cloud strategy? Sorry. What you need is a roadmap.

Like many IT organisations, yours probably knitted a “cloud strategy” some years ago. But do you have a clear roadmap to execute the required changes at all levels (people, processes, technology, services) in a stepwise approach? If not, your strategy is likely to remain just that – a “strategy” – for a long time. And […]