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Practical Guide to Enterprise Architecture, A by Elias K. Jo, Vikas Sharan, James Linn, Michael E. Stevens, Scott W. Ambler, James McGovern

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Chapter 1. Systems Architecture

The first requisite for success is the ability to apply your physical and mental energies to one problem incessantly without growing weary.

—Thomas Edison (1847–1931)

Systems architecture can best be thought of as both a process and a discipline to produce efficient and effective information systems.

It is a process because a set of steps is followed to produce or change the architecture of a system.

It is a discipline because a body of knowledge informs people as to the most effective way to design.

A system is an interconnected set of machines, applications, and network resources. Systems architecture unifies that set by imposing structure on the system. More importantly, this structure aligns the functionality ...

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