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Reshape Reference Architecture: Why, What, How

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The reference architectures of the past (i.e. client-server, web application, SOA services) are not adequately addressing current business demand, use cases, and expectations.  IT must update  reference architecture models to remain relevant and effective.

Often outdated processes, tools, and skills inhibit IT’s ability to be a strategic enabler and gain an IT business edge.  By adopting a new, Responsive IT delivery model based on an updated reference architecture, teams can foster effective business collaboration, responsive iterations, streamlined processes, and no wait states; enabling business to operate at the speed of now.

What reference architecture goal-state is required to meet business demands and expectations?

A reference architecture should enable internal and external business service consumers, address future IT strategies, and transition current IT infrastructure and team skill sets.  Do you have a seven step plan describing how to reshape your reference architecture?

A three part slideshare series outlines why reshape reference architecture, what reference architecture models make sense today, and how to reshape reference architecture.

This first presentation describes why IT teams must learn new architecture paradigms and reshape their reference architecture. Important transformative drivers include:

  • The Now Generation
  • Connected Business Demands
  • Complex Requirements
  • The Long Tail
  • Web 3.0

What Reference Architecture to Adopt

This second presentation describes:

  • What architectural targets create a more accessible, integrated, collaborative, and adaptive business.
  • What architecture targets create a more Responsive IT team
  • What architectural disciplines enable New IT Delivery
  • What mindset based on composition, decision frameworks, use cases, mentoring, and accelerator packs leads to reference architecture success

The second presentation illustrates useful reference architecture diagrams:

  • Connected Business Architecture
  • Responsive IT
  • Complete Middleware Architecture
  • Ecosystem Platform

How to Reshape Reference Architecture

A reference architecture should enable internal and external business service consumers, address future IT strategies, and transition current IT infrastructure and team skill sets.  The third presentation presents a seven step plan describing how to reshape your reference architecture.
 




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