Thursday, March 7, 2013

The Purpose of Architecture

Very thought-provoking interview from MIT's Ross

MIT’s Ross on How Enterprise Architecture and IT More Than Ever Lead to Business Transformation

Particurily the following two points,

If you have all the money in the world, you’re not forced to make tough decisions. Architecture is all about making tough decisions, understanding your tradeoffs, and recognizing that you’re going to get some things that you want and you are going to sacrifice others

We really just need architecture to pull out unnecessary cost and to enable desirable reusability. And the architect is typically going to be the person representing that enterprise view and helping everyone understand the benefits of understanding that enterprise view, so that everybody who can easily or more easily see the local view is constantly working with architects to balance those two requirements.

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