Business Reference Model (BRM)

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The Business Reference Model (BRM) is a graphical, hierarchical representation of the federal government day-to-day business operations and activities. The BRM represents the first layer of the Federal Enterprise Architecture, which presents the business using a functionally driven approach.[1]

The Purpose of the Business Reference Model[2]
The purpose of the BRM is to define and communicate, for all interested stakeholders, a high-level view of how – in business terms – the Federal government achieves its various missions. It enables users to identify how processes are being supported, where they are being supported, where there are opportunities to reduce redundancies, and how to build more cost-effective solutions in the future.

The Business Reference Model (BRM) describes an organization through a taxonomy of common mission and support service areas instead of through a stove-piped organizational view, thereby promoting intra- and inter-agency collaboration.[3]

Business Reference Model
source: EA Pad

See Also

Business Model
Business Process Model
Reference Model
Agent Systems Reference Model (ASRM)
Application-Capability Reference Model (ARM)
Technical Reference Model (TRM)
Performance Reference Model (PRM)
Data Reference Model (DRM)
Application Capability Reference Model (ARM)
Infrastructure Reference Model (IRM)
Security Reference Model (SRM)
Consolidated Reference Model (CRM)
Data and Information Reference Model (DRM)
SCOR (Supply Chain Operations Reference Model)
The HP IT Service Management Reference Model
Information Governance Reference Model (IGRM)
OASIS SOA Reference Model
Open-System Environment Reference Model (OSERM)
Reference Semantic Model (RSM)
Navy Process Reference Model
Business Strategy
IT Strategy (Information Technology Strategy)
Business Operations
Business Model Innovation
Business Capability
Business Architecture
Business Capability Modeling
Business Application
Business Activity
Business Objective
Business Mission
Business Vision
Business Value


  1. What is a Business Reference Model IBM
  2. The Purpose of the Business Reference Model xml
  3. Business Reference model EAPad

Further Reading

  • Using the Business Reference Model (BRM) IBM
  • THE BUSINESS REFERENCE MODEL VERSION 1.O: A Foundation for Government-wide Improvement XML