Characterizing Web Systems: Merging Information and Functional Architectures

Characterizing Web Systems: Merging Information and Functional Architectures

David Lowe (University of Technology, Australia) and Brian Henderson-Sellers (University of Technology, Australia)
Copyright: © 2003 |Pages: 13
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-59140-049-3.ch015
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Expenditure on Web-based initiatives has grown rapidly over the last five years, with a growing trend towards integrating these systems into the core business of many organisations. The architecture of these systems, however, tends to be quite complex – merging both a complex information architecture with a sophisticated technical architecture, with both being contextualised within new business models. An important key in achieving more effective Web system development within this rapidly changing environment will be a design approach that facilitates the creation of architectures that actively encompass both functional and informational elements, and which links both to the business model in a way that creates strong cohesion. This, in turn, requires both an appropriate architectural modelling language (particularly one that links the technology to the business model) and a process for carrying out the architectural design. In this chapter, we discuss both these aspects, looking at a model of Web systems that emphasizes the links between the various architectural elements and process-level support for design activities.

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