Gartner Research

Using the IT1 Reference Architecture to Improve Architectural Decisions

Published: 04 February 2011

ID: G00209811

Analyst(s): Mike Rollings

Summary

Businesspeople increasingly expect IT to improve delivery speed and quality, yet the complexity of IT's tasks has grown dramatically. IT professionals are expected to satisfy immediate needs quickly and inexpensively and to create general-purpose infrastructures that adapt to future needs. Their challenge is to make better architectural choices by exposing related requirements without adding substantially to delivery schedules. In this architecture initiative document, Research VP Mike Rollings discusses how the Gartner IT1 Reference Architecture can help balance these competing expectations by illuminating hidden requirements and accelerating the creation of general-purpose architectures.

Table Of Contents

Synopsis

Analysis

  • Expectations Are Growing and Change Is Accelerating
    • A New Way of Thinking Enables Strategic Adaption
  • Organizations Need Architecture, and It's More Than Engineering
    • The Shift Demands an Architecture, Not a Series of One-Off Solutions
  • The Gartner IT1 Reference Architecture Helps IT Professionals Think Architecturally
    • Thinking Strategically About Infrastructure
  • Recommendations
    • Be Objective, Question Assumptions, and Think Outside Your Box
    • Use the IT1 Reference Architecture to Improve Infrastructure Planning
    • Get the Right People into a Discussion

The Details

  • Application Platform Root Template and Decision Points
  • Collaboration and Content Management Root Template and Decision Points
  • Data Center Decision Points Root Template and Decision Points
  • Data Management Root Template and Decision Points
  • Identity Management Root Template and Decision Points
  • Network and Telecom Root Template and Decision Points
  • Information Security Root Template and Decision Points

Conclusion

Recommended Reading

Notes

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