At its most basic form, Smart Architecture is the adherence to best practices in systems design and implementation. Most information technology professionals with formal schooling are taught these principles, but their real world experiences lead them into thinking that these are lofty, often impossible, and costly ideals. As a result, enterprises patch things together until true business needs present technology management with more difficult (and frequently expensive) choices; with often uncomfortable political consequences.
It doesn't have to be this way. With the right design, tools, and personnel even the most byzantine enterprise architecture can be more closely aligned with business objectives. We recommend that the action steps be phased to provide maximum benefits in short, medium, and long term timeframes.