October 12, 2004

Architecture governance

Architecture governance is the practice and orientation by which enterprise architectures and other architectures are managed and controlled at an enterprise-wide level.

Architecture governance typically does not operate in isolation, but within a hierarchy of governance structures, which, particularly in the larger enterprise, can include all of the following as distinct domains with their own disciplines and processes:

• Corporate governance
• Technology governance
• IT governance
• Architecture governance

Governance is essentially about ensuring that business is conducted properly.