Women in Architecture Spotlight – Juliane Berger

Featured in this week’s spotlight is Juliane Berger, Head of Business Architecture for Allianz Global Corporate & Specialty SE.

Juliane is leading the business architecture practice at Allianz Global Corporate & Specialty SE. She has been a long-time certified practitioner, actively engaging in and contributing to international business architecture networks. Previously Juliane held roles with Allianz and BMW Group as well as consulting in project management and business architecture.

Question: How did you get your start in the industry?

Answer: A consulting project in a large-scale agile program for business transformation confronted me with the term business architecture. And before I did consult on something I did not having any clue about, I went straight into learning mode and soon went to a Business Architecture Guild conference in Amsterdam and got certified.

Q: What is your current responsibility?

A: Fast forward some years, today I am heading the business architecture practice at AGCS with an incredibly skilled and experienced team of 11 business architects. This role gives me the freedom and challenge to focus on practice development and socialization with key stakeholders.

Q: What do you like most about your job?

A: The lightbulb moment above people’s heads when I am successful in explaining them what business architecture can bring to our business – and seeing it come to life then through our work.

Q: What trends in architecture are you looking out for the rest of 2023 and 2024?

A: Much less of the typical IT architecture done without the oftentimes missing link to business architecture. Ways of simplifying and automating business architecture knowledgebase work – process mining on the process management side is just the start of technology solutions to analyze enterprise structures, to my mind. The term “digital twin of the business” bears much work for creating and maintaining, if done manually – but oh what a difference it would make if we could have that level of detail well-maintained in our knowledgebase.

Q: What is one thing we can do to support or increase the women in architecture?

A: Hop on virtual coffee chats and share best practices and experiences – open to literally anyone on any level and stage in the journey!