A common concept of enterprise architecture has features aimed to be arranged in a logical way. These are the company s objectives and goals, its organization and processes, its system, and the technology it uses. But these common features are seen different in Microsoft s own perspective.
Microsoft is a known producer of high-tech software supporting different types of organizations and it is highly involved in supporting software specially made for business enterprises.
As mentioned, Microsoft has a different perspective when it comes to enterprise architecture. These perspectives are divided into four general types:
1. Business. This describes the process of business work and includes a wider approach of business strategies aiming for the continuous success of the enterprise. This perspective normally has the business s processes involving the whole business organization or just a single portion of that organization. The business s functions, expected performance, organization structure, and the relationships between elements in this structure are all included in Business Perspective.
2. Technology. This perspective involves the hardware and software used to support the business organization. These may include the hardware used for desktop and server, the operating systems used, the components for network connection, printers, and modems.
3. Application. This specific perspective defines the business enterprise s application set. Application Perspective may include the automated services that assist the business process, the interaction between the enterprise s application systems, and updating old applications based on the business s goals, objectives, and developing technological platforms.
4. Information. This perspective defines what should the organization know about running the business. Information perspective may include the standard information models, the data management policies, and the description on how the information will be produced and consumed by the organization.