Reference Architecture

In the world many reference architectures make it easier to start working with architecture in an organization. Also auditing or benchmarking an architecture can be done with a reference architecture.

Dragon1 defines reference architecture as: an architecture that is used or can be used as a reference.

This normally means that a reference architecture points to other implementations of the concepts that are part of the reference architecture.

In practice, we see a different usage of the term reference architecture, as in that the enterprise architecture of an organization is called reference architecture and that a reference architecture is used for business lines, business units, departments, programs, and projects.

European Reference Architectures

American Reference Architectures

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