Every large organization needs to manage IT architecture, especially the Application landscape to stay cost-efficient, flexible and open for a change, not just as a single business area or Application but as a whole organization.
LAF framework is responding to these needs providing full guidelines by defining roles, events and artifacts.
The main goal of implementing LAF in organizations is to:
- Control complexity of IT Application landscape by preventing it from uncontrolled growth and duplication of functional capabilities within the organization,
- Deliver an architectural path enabling a business and technological growth of the organization,
- Keep a Component stack up to date, preventing it from technical degradation and become a legacy system or/as well as technical depth,
- Embed organization goals and mission into software development life cycle providing a better understanding of them across the organization,
- Support organization flexibility for adoption, resiliency to demanding markets and continuous competition,
- Keep cost at the optimal level,
- Protect the organization from a technical bankruptcy.
LAF acknowledges the fact that today’s organizations are in constant pressure of demanding markets and their competitors and that is why organizations need to be in continuous transformation instead of a big transformational project which can hardly keep up with a changing market. As a result of properly managed IT, architecture organizations are cost-optimal with a consistent environment ready for further growth and extension enabling business momentum.
Every organization has their own process of delivering software SDLC, either it is based on Agile ways of working like Scrum,XP, Less, SAFe etc. or more traditional approaches like waterfall, but all of them need architectural guardrails to stay consistent and to be ready for changes.