Reference Architecture versus Frameworks

One of my dilemmas is to convince my peers that frameworks such as TOGAF, Zachman or SABSA are not cook books of technology.

According to Michael Rollings of Burton Group, frameworks are a means to gather requirements – non-technical as well as technical; not technology reference architectural.

Frameworks are methodologies that can be used to define requirements and design solutions based on the requirements and constrains in a system development lifecycle (SDLC). They can refer back to reference architecture to pick the right options for the desired target state.

Reference Architecture should provide options for various problems that could be applied at the enterprise. Each option should provide detailed technical position and blue prints.

For now, I am writing this from the Burton Catalyst Conference at San Diego.

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