We recognise that technology facilitated change increasingly relies on integrating existing and new systems both within organisations and between partner organisations. Furthermore, once developed most of the lifetime of a product, service or system will be spent maintaining and enhancing it to meet the evolving needs of users and to maintain competitive advantage. Complexity almost invariably increases over time as new capabilities are added – rarely does it diminish.
Therefore while our focus is always on helping to deliver a product, service or system that meets the immediate needs of the project's stakeholders, on time and within budget, we believe it should be underpinned by a robust Information Systems Architecture that, in particular, promotes:
- long term maintainability to enable the system to evolve gracefully over time; and
- system interoperability, by adopting or adapting international, industry or de facto standards where applicable.