Architecture is a strategic & holistic art/discipline that result in sets of views allowing people from different backgrounds and viewpoints to communicate & evaluate effectively about conceptual, logical and technical merits across any number of boundaries; real or perceived, technical, social or political.
Business solutions can be described from different views. Architecturally these views can be generated as conceptual, logical and physical. Each of these layers considers business in different terms. These views can and should be considered holistically to gain a fuller understanding of the business.
While reading ComputerWorld’s Fueled by Analytics article in their December 2nd edition I was struck by the company’s use of data collection and analytics to deliver “… cars that most customers want most of the time.”