Best Practice Report

The Future Of Solution Architecture: Six Business Design Focal Points

Move From Application And Outsourcing Silos Toward Building Your Business

March 18th, 2011
Randy Heffner
With contributors:
Mike Gualtieri , Alex Cullen , Lauren Blackburn


Borrowing words from science fiction writer William Gibson: The future of solution architecture is here — it's just not yet evenly distributed or highly integrated. Even with a long list of business-driven 21st-century technologies — business process management (BPM), embedded business intelligence, mobile devices for CxOs, complex event processing (CEP), business services using service-oriented architecture (SOA), unified communications, and on and on — most business technology solutions are bought, built, or outsourced using siloed, technology-driven, 20th-century design models. This report describes how Forrester's Business Capability Architecture turns this model on its head, reframing solution architecture around six business-driven design focal points, providing necessary structure and concepts for delivering solutions that can sustain 21st-century needs for continuous business optimization now and radical transformation over the long haul.

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