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Enterprise Security Architecture by Nicholas A Sherwood

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Chapter 2

The Meaning of Architecture

This chapter explores what ‘architecture’ might really mean. In particular it examines the essential differences between ‘architecture’ and ‘plumbing’. Both of these disciplines are of great value, but they are the not the same thing. In the world of ICT people sometimes get confused about which is which.

In this chapter you will learn about:

  • The concept of architecture as a means to integrate solutions to a diverse range of complex needs, and as a means to manage that complexity;
  • Conceptual layered approaches to architecture and the use of architectural reference models;
  • The benefits of taking a holistic, strategic architectural approach as opposed to applying point solutions with tactical goals.

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