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For Enterprise Architecture Professionals

Architecting In The Zone

Build Architecture Zones To Create Structured Flexibility

September 15, 2008

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Industry consolidation and globalization demand increasingly complex and varied IT solutions. In this taxing environment, one-size-fits-all EA approaches cannot satisfy business needs for flexibility, adaptability, and innovation. Architects using this approach are trying to put a square peg in a round hole. Partitioning architecture into a set of zones defined by their unique business needs creates the dynamic environment necessary to address these problems. Zone architecture models provide a way to address local differences while maintaining the overall consistency necessary to achieve enterprise efficiencies and support core EA strategies. Just creating a zone view of the current architecture landscape can help architects identify areas that have high levels of architectural variability or unique needs.

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