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Best Practices for Delivering Targeted and High-Impact Reference Architectures

Published: 31 January 2017

ID: G00321883

Analyst(s): Marcus Blosch , Betsy Burton


To increase the use and impact value of reference architectures, EA and technology innovation leaders must ensure that reference architecture deliverables are targeted to a stakeholder with clear use cases, reflect business context and outcomes, and are included in a rich portfolio of deliverables.

Table Of Contents
  • Key Challenges


  • Clarify Who, What and Why


  • Create a Reference Architecture Targeted to Address the Needs of a Primary Audience
    • Actionable Recommendations
  • Customize External Reference Architectures to Reflect Your Business Context and Broader Business and Technology Disruptions
    • Actionable Recommendations
  • Define a Reference Architecture That Initiates Conversations and Collaboration With Business and IT Peers
    • Actionable Recommendations
  • Understand and Identify Different Uses Cases for Reference Architectures
    • Actionable Recommendations
  • Explore Scenarios and Impacts by Linking to Other Deliverables
    • Actionable Recommendations
    • Bottom Line

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