Architecture, in the context of the table of IT elements, comes in 2 main flavours, technical and business. Both share a common purpose to model the organisation of systems – the rules, structure (form), purpose (function) and connectivity that define how systems work or how thy should work.
Imagine an architect’s drawing of a new building, and replace the walls with data storage devices, the doors with computers (processes/servers/routers), the flooring with organisation charts, business rules, roles & responsibilities, and the services, water, electricity etc. with the flow of data or control. The picture becomes complicated, but is necessary to understand, build, control and maintain complex man-made artefacts.
That’s just a little taster of what this IT element is all about. To find out more, why not Ask the IT Chemist.
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