Gartner Research

Understanding EA Approaches: Middle-Out

Published: 18 December 2009

ID: G00168166

Analyst(s): Nicholas Gall


Middle-out architecture is an approach to enterprise architecture that architects the lines, not the boxes. It focuses on managing the key dependencies among those parts of the enterprise that have the biggest impact on the ability to change.

Table Of Contents
  • Overview
  • Characteristics
  • Type/Degree of Control
  • Focus Area
  • Example
  • Advantages (Value Proposition)
  • Disadvantages
  • Situation Where It Is Advised
  • Situation Where It Is Unadvisable
  • Relationship to Business Strategy
  • Key Stakeholder/Driver
  • Key Deliverables

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