An architecture-driven technology environment helps an organization to make better decisions about technology investment. As new technologies emerge or business needs change, the architecture-driven environment is less complex to manage and supports controlled evolution to a state which supports the new goals. In contrast, an environment based on piecemeal growth and isolated investment decisions is difficult to manage and changes erratically.
The definition of enterprise architecture forces the organization to understand how the technology should align with current and future business objectives. At Saggezza we believe that IT should be run more like a business. This helps us to understand systems in terms of the value they bring to the business and to identify key areas for improvement using business criteria.
We help our clients to adopt an adaptive architecture strategy that is influenced by the continuing need to respond to new opportunities and challenges. We recognize that there is no single approach which meets the changing needs of every modern enterprise. The key to a successful, flexible, cost-effective architecture rollout is to manage both diversity and dependencies.
Managed-diversity architecture is focused on defining choices or options. Key to this approach is that it is focused on balancing the need for a set of standards with the need for a diversity of solutions to increase innovation, business growth and competitive advantage.
This enables users and project teams to select the right tool for the job, enabling innovation through diversity.
Middle-out architecture is an approach where focus is on managing the key dependencies among those parts of the organization that have the biggest impact on the ability to change. A middle-out approach focuses on architecting interoperability by defining a small but rigidly enforced set of general, stable interface standards, while allowing complete autonomy of decision making for the specific technologies and products that are used within the solutions.