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Release It! by Michael T. Nygard

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Adaptable Enterprise Architecture

Some architects aspire to create a modern day Colossus: The Forbin Project (or Tron if you’re of my generation).[115] They labor under a vision of the seamless enterprise, working as a united machine. Every part is a necessary piece of the whole, perfectly suited to its role. Programs and programmers dwell inside the machine, serving its needs. I regard such utopians with deep suspicion.

Such an architecture proceeds from the top down, usually beginning with a giant framework like Zachman or TOGAF. They regard the architecture as an entity of its own, with mere systems filling in the cells of the enterprise architecture matrix. If this group has power, they will put projects on hold until the enterprise architecture ...

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