Concept Definition

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Dragon1 Definition for Concept:
A concept is an approach, way of working, abstraction of an implementation or an idea.

Let us define Concept

What does Concept mean in the field of enterprise architecture? And why do enterprise architects work with Business Concepts and IT Concepts rather than elements or components?

Enterprise Architecture is a field of science about the design and realization of total concepts. Concepts are the most important parts of the architecture.


By conceptualizing a solution one takes away a bit of context, vendor (locking) specific details and make the solution concept applicable to a wider range of problems.

With Concepts one can even project a solution concept from one domain or industry into the other.

Often Concepts of nature stand model for solutions in fields of science such as IT, pharma/medicine, and consumer goods.


Architecture is not about components, but about Concepts.

Patterns are often mistaken for Concepts. Patterns are a type of concept and not the other way around.


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Examples of Concepts are:

  • A business concept like: intermediary insurance, cross-selling and up-selling
  • An information concept like: 360 client view, loosely coupled interfacing and single source of truth
  • A technology concept like: virtualization and robotics

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