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Architecture Organization Patterns

Over the past couple of years I have observed that companies from the high-tech industry are adopting two distinct patterns for organizing their architecture team.

Centralized Organization:
This is true for most IT organizations led by a CTO-IT, VP EA or Chief Enterprise ArchitectAll EA members reports to the head of the EA teamIndividual EA are either focused on some core technology, IT functions (such as networks and operations) and Business DomainBusiness Domain Architects dotted line report the head of LOB-IT (typically the Divisional CIO)LOB-IT may also have Architects who dotted line report to the member of the EA teamAs IT organizations need to focus on what is best for the enterprise - rather than on individual business units, this is a preferred organization structure adopted by IT organizations.

Federated Organization:
Most of the High-Tech companies have adopted this model for their line business (with IT adopting the Centralized Organization)
Typically there is a Chief Architec…