Gartner Research

Who Owns the Application Architecture Function?

Published: 02 August 2013

ID: G00245356

Analyst(s): Daniel Sholler


Application leaders must properly place the application architecture function to ensure that this function can effectively tie back to business and application strategies, and contribute to application project results.

Table Of Contents
  • Key Challenges



  • In Organizations Where the Application Architect Plays an Oversight Role, This Role Should Be Part of the Enterprise Architecture Team
  • In Organizations Where the Application Architect Is Assisting With Multiple Application Initiatives Following a Sequential Method, This Role Should Be a Part of the Architecture Team, With a Matrixed Accountability to the Individual Projects
  • In Organizations Using an Agile Approach, or Other Project Method That Requires Continuous Refinement, the Application Architect Should Be Accountable to a Project for Its Duration
  • In Organizations Undertaking Multiyear Application Implementation Projects (Such as Consolidated ERP Deployments), the Application Architect May Be Fully Accountable to That Project

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