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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 11. Data Architecture

Real teams don't emerge unless individuals on them take risks involving conflict, trust, interdependence and hard work.

—Katzenbach and Smith

It is rare for all but a few privileged organizations to have complete data architectures. Data architecture is made up of the structure of all corporate data and its relationships to itself and external systems. In far too many situations, the business community has to enlist the assistance of IT to retrieve information due to the community's inconsistency, lack of intuitiveness, or other factors. The goal of any architecture should illustrate how the components of the architecture will fit together and how the system will adapt and evolve over time.

Taking an agile approach ...

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