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Using Gartner's Reference Architecture to Improve Architectural Decisions

Published: 11 December 2012

ID: G00235454

Analyst(s): Mike Rollings


IT environments must adapt quickly to change. How can technical professionals use Gartner's Reference Architecture to create general-purpose infrastructures while balancing competing expectations, illuminating hidden requirements and accelerating solution creation?

Table Of Contents



  • Expectations Are Growing and Change Is Accelerating
    • New Architectures and New Forms of Solution Delivery Are Required
  • Organizations Need Architecture, Not Just Engineering
    • Many Organizations Have Standards but Do Not Think Architecturally
  • Gartner's Reference Architecture Helps IT Practitioners Think Architecturally
    • Seeing the Bigger Picture
    • Thinking Architecturally About Infrastructure
  • Recommendations
    • Be Objective, Question Assumptions and Consider Other Perspectives
    • Use Gartner's Reference Architecture to Improve Infrastructure Planning
    • Get the Right People Into a Discussion

The Details

  • Application Platform Reference Architecture
  • Collaboration and Content Management Reference Architecture
  • Data Center Reference Architecture
  • Data Management Reference Architecture
  • Identity Management Reference Architecture
  • Network and Telecom Reference Architecture
  • Information Security Reference Architecture
  • Cloud Reference Architecture
  • Mobility Reference Architecture


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