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Developing Information Systems: Practical guidance for IT professionals by Pete Thompson, Debra Paul, Alan Paul, Lynda Girvan, Julian Cox, Tahir Ahmed, James Cadle

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10     SOLUTION-RELATED ARCHITECTURES

Julian Cox

CONTENTS OF THIS CHAPTER

This chapter covers the following topics:

  • what is architecture?
  • architecture patterns;
  • enterprise architecture;
  • solution architecture;
  • software architecture;
  • stakeholders and roles in architecture;
  • architecture management;
  • references and further reading.

INTRODUCTION

Anything that we can classify as a system has an architecture, including buildings, living organisms (including humans), organisations, complex enterprise IT systems, software applications and individual components of those. When referring to IT systems, a core definition of what is meant by the term ‘architecture’ is provided by the ISO/IEC 42010:20111 ‘Systems and software engineering – Architecture description’ ...

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