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The volatility of business operations and development has increased due to disruptive technologies and agile development practices. IT Architecture must keep pace with this volatility. This research note explores an agile-friendly architectural approach.


  • IT architecture needs maintain discipline, but allow quick delivery of digital applications and functionality. To do so it must have a confined and monitored applications space which allows for accelerated delivery and applies only essential architectural rigor.
  • In a rapidly changing digital environment, there is a balance between maintaining alignment with business needs and with applying full architectural rigor.

Features and Benefits

  • Understand that a quarantined space for rapidly developed applications should be considered until full architectural rigor can be applied.
  • Understand that both rapid change and architectural rigor are required.

Key questions answered

  • How do IT architects cope with rapidly developed agile applications?
  • What elements of IT architecture are needed in an agile environment?
  • How does IT architecture deal with "discovered" technologies?

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  • Summary
  • Disruptive and agile business disrupts traditional IT architectural approaches
  • Exploring an agile-friendly approach to IT


  • Further reading
  • Author

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