A Brief Introduction to Application Architecture

Published: April 19, 2016
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What is Application Architecture?

All organizations face challenges that need to be overcome, though the most appropriate solutions will often vary. Sometimes, all that is required is a small tweak to key processes. However, at other times, solving problems can require installing something physical. And sometimes, this means purchasing or creating software applications. These software-based solutions fall within the realm of the ‘Application Architect’.

In the face of today’s unprecedented pace of technological change, the analysts at Gartner predict that more than 75% of multi-enterprise processes will be implemented as composite applications by 2018.

Application Architecture diagram

TOGAF defines the objective of Application Architecture as “defining the major kinds of application systems necessary to process the data and support the business”.  In other words, an Application Architect defines the framework for application-based solutions, then lays out a blueprint for implementing them.

As a discipline, it lays the foundation for agility, scalability, and reliability in your application framework. The keyword here is ‘agility’. Traditional businesses are being reinvented overnight.  With successful Application Architecture, your organization can respond quickly and effectively to sudden changes in the corporate landscape.