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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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Conclusion

There are three important aspects to emphasize about systems architecture:

  1. It must align with the business goals of the organization.

  2. It must provide what the stakeholders need to perform their functions. This is a two-way street. The architecture team should take responsibility to establish communication with systems architecture stakeholders and to understand their issues.

  3. The software and hardware infrastructure of an enterprise is a major asset that must be managed to provide the greatest return on that investment.

The following should be considered as systems architecture best practices:

  1. Know the business processes that the systems architecture is supporting. Know them inside and out.

  2. Keep support of those business processes first ...

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