Disciplines - Architecture and Design

Best practice architecture and design approaches change at an astonishing pace, far too often architectures become out-dated before they have even been fully realised. This is partially a result of the high rate of change in the technology industry, but also because the architectures themselves fail to allow for change and provide clear mechanisms by which change will be accepted and where beneficial adopted. Livewire Enterprise consultants have developed Enterprise Architectures for many large IT dependent organisations, particularly focusing on organisations that are undergoing fundamental change within their IST provision. We focus on keeping our technology understanding current - while not forgetting that often the new technology is just a better realisation of a concept that has been around for some time. Equally important is understanding that not all technology advances are appropriate for all businesses.

A well layered architecture can help with these problems, where the top layers are logical and therefore are not bound to any specific technical realisation; the lower layers are bound to specifics however when a 'better' realisation of a particular component area is possible they can be replaced while limiting the impact of this change on other areas of the architecture.

Structured architecture approaches such as Zacman or TOGAF are also helpful, however it must be remembered that by their nature these are generalised frameworks and must be tailored to meet the specific needs of the business.

Livewire Enterprise consultants have developed Enterprise Architectures for many large IT dependent organisations, particularly focusing on organisations that are undergoing fundamental change within their IST provision. We focus on keeping our technology understanding current - while not forgetting that often the new technology is just a better realisation of a concept that has been around for some time. Equally important is understanding that not all technology advances are appropriate for all businesses.

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